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    Consumer Health: Shingles — if you’re over 50, get your vaccination

a medical illustration of shinglesShingles: Vaccination can lower your risk
Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus remains inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles, causing a painful skin rash along nerve paths. If you're older than 50, your chance of developing shingles increases, but there are vaccines that can lower your risk. Have you gotten yours?


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