zos·​ter | \ ˈzä-stər How to pronounce zoster (audio) \

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Chickenpox and shingles are caused by the same virus, the varicella zoster virus. NBC News, "Chickenpox vaccine linked to lower rates of shingles in children, study finds," 10 June 2019 Chickenpox is transmitted through contact with an infected person’s respiratory droplets or their lesions, which contain the varicella zoster virus. New York Times, "Is Shingles Contagious?," 25 May 2018 It's caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same one behind chicken pox. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everyone Over the Age of 50 Needs the New Shingles Vaccine, Experts Say," 26 Oct. 2017 Zostavax, a live-attenuated vaccine, introduces a weaker (attenuated) version of the varicella zoster virus in order to stimulate the immune system. Susan Scutti, CNN, "CDC recommends new shingles vaccine to replace older one," 25 Oct. 2017 Anyone who has had chickenpox — which these days means nearly everyone over 40 — harbors the varicella-zoster virus that causes the disease. Lena H. Sun, Washington Post, "Expert panel recommends new shingles vaccine that gives increased protection," 25 Oct. 2017 GlaxoSmithKline’s shingles vaccine contains a lone protein isolated from the shell of the varicella zoster virus. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "Why Do We Need Separate Chicken-Pox and Shingles Vaccines?," 25 Oct. 2017 Coaches should also worry about varicella zoster virus (chicken pox), measles and mumps — all which can be prevented by vaccinations. Raising Austin, ajc, "Is playing on a sports team making your child sick?," 25 Sep. 2017 Many pharmacists have gotten certified to administer immunizations such as for flu, pneumonia, and herpes zoster (shingles). Philly.com, "Ask the pharmacists: How your pharmacist can help you," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of zoster

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zoster

Latin, from Greek zōstēr girdle; akin to Greek zōnē zone

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zos·​ter | \ ˈzäs-tər How to pronounce zoster (audio) \

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