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Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash that can last for weeks, but can be prevented with vaccination. If you're one of the 99.5% of people 50 years and older that have had chickenpox, the virus that causes shingles is already inside you. Your immune system naturally weakens as you age, so your risk for shingles increases as you get older — even if you feel healthy. About 1 in 3 people will get shingles in their lifetime.
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What Is Shingles?
Shingles is a viral infection that causes a blistering rash that can be very painful and itchy.