herpes zoster

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Recent Examples on the Web Even among vaccinated children, the authors point out that herpes zoster has frequently been due to acquiring the virus from another infected person, not the vaccine. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Chickenpox vaccine reactivates in two boys, causing rare meningitis," 27 Nov. 2019 But in very rare cases, the live, weakened virus used in the vaccine can reactivate as herpes zoster, or shingles, similar to what can happen to people who have been infected with chickenpox. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Chickenpox vaccine reactivates in two boys, causing rare meningitis," 27 Nov. 2019 Formally called herpes zoster, the disease infects about a third of people who have had chickenpox, usually showing up in older adulthood, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tara Haelle, Scientific American, "Two-for-One: Chickenpox Vaccine Lowers Shingles Risk in Children," 11 June 2019 The varicella zoster vaccine, marketed under the name Zostavax, has been shown to lower the risk of developing herpes zoster (also known as shingles) by more than half. Health.com, "What Is Shingles?," 1 May 2017 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will get shingles (also called herpes zoster) in their lifetime. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shingrix® – A new, more effective Shingles vaccine available at Froedtert & MCW pharmacies," 7 May 2018 Shingles, also called zoster or herpes zoster, is a viral infection that affects the nerves. Health.com, "What Is Shingles?," 1 May 2017 The Food and Drug Administration had been expected to let GSK know on Friday, after an FDA advisory panel unanimously recommended approval last month for Shingrix in older patients to prevent the herpes zoster (shingles) virus. Linda Loyd, Philly.com, "New GlaxoSmithKline shingles vaccine awaits FDA approval," 20 Oct. 2017 About one out of every three people in the U.S. contacts this dangerous viral infection, also called herpes zoster. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everyone Over the Age of 50 Needs the New Shingles Vaccine, Experts Say," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of herpes zoster

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for herpes zoster

New Latin, literally, girdle herpes

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27 Dec 2019

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“Herpes zoster.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herpes%20zoster. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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herpes zoster

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