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Nearly all adults 50 years of age and older in the U.S. carry the inactive chickenpox virus that can cause shingles. After chickenpox, the varicella zoster virus can reactivate years later, causing shingles. Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash that can last for weeks, but can be prevented with vaccination.
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What Is Shingles?
Shingles is a viral infection that causes an itchy, painful rash and blisters.