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Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a disease that affects an estimated 1 million people in the United States each year.

Although it is most common in people over age 50, if you have had chickenpox, you are at risk for developing shingles. Shingles is also more common in people with weakened immune systems from HIV infection, chemotherapy or radiation treatment, transplant operations, and stress.

Understanding Shingles

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Experimental Shingles Vaccine Proves Effective in Nationwide Study—June 1, 2005

NIAID Launches Major Step in Trial of Experimental Shingles Vaccine—June 15, 1999

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Last Updated October 22, 2012