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Recombinant zoster (shingles) vaccine, RZV : what you need to know
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    Shingles (also called herpes zoster, or just zoster) is a painful skin rash, often with blisters. Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you have chickenpox, the virus stays in your body and can cause shingles later in life.

    You can’t catch shingles from another person. However, a person who has never had chickenpox (or chickenpox vaccine) could get chickenpox from someone with shingles.

    A shingles rash usually appears on one side of the face or body and heals within 2 to 4 weeks. Its main symptom is pain, which can be severe. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, chills, and upset stomach. Very rarely,

    a shingles infection can lead to pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, brain inflammation (encephalitis), or death.

    vis-statements/shingles-recombinant.pdf

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