SHINGLES—TRUE OR FALSE

How Much Do You Know About Shingles? How Much Do You Know About Shingles?

How Much Do You Know About Shingles?

Does Shingles only affect people over 70? Do your chances of getting Shingles increase as you get older? Test your knowledge below.

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It's hard to predict if or when you'll get Shingles.

The answer is: TRUE

If you’ve had chickenpox, the Shingles virus stays dormant (asleep) inside your nervous system. That means the virus could resurface as the painful, blistering Shingles rash at any time.

TRUE: It's Hard to Predict if or When You'll Get Shingles

You can get Shingles if you’ve had chickenpox.

The answer is: TRUE

Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for getting Shingles. That’s because Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Your immune system weakens as you age allowing the virus to resurface as the painful, blistering rash of Shingles. So If you’ve had chickenpox, be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to find out if ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live), the Shingles vaccine, is right for you.

TRUE: You Can Get Shingles if You've Had Chickenpox

1 in 3 people will get Shingles in their lifetime.

The answer is: TRUE

In fact, 1 in 3 people will get Shingles in their lifetime. So while you may not know anyone with Shingles today, there are approximately 1 million Shingles cases in the United States each year.

TRUE: 1 in 3 People Will Get Shingles in Their Lifetime

The chance of getting Shingles increases as you get older.

The answer is: TRUE

Although age may not be slowing you down, your immune system weakens as you get older, and that increases your risk for Shingles.

TRUE: The Chance of Shingles Increases as You Get Older

In some people, Shingles can cause long-term nerve pain.

The answer is: TRUE

Although the pain from Shingles typically goes away after a few weeks, in some cases, Shingles can cause long-term nerve pain that can last for months or even years.

TRUE: In Some People, Shingles Can Cause Long-Term Nerve Pain

You can get more facts about Shingles and your risk throughout this site.

Or test your knowledge about ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live).

 

Chickenpox

An infectious disease that causes an itchy blister-like rash. Chickenpox usually affects children, and when it does, it’s usually mild. But when it affects adults, it can be very serious.

 
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Important Safety Information

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