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Who gets shingles?

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Things that make it more likely include:

Many people who get shingles don't fit in any of these categories.

  • A weakened immune system, which can wake the virus up.
  • Having had chickenpox
  • Cancer, HIV, or another disease that lower your body’s defenses
  • Being 50 or older
  • Being under a lot of stress
  • Past physical trauma
  • Taking long-term steroids or other medicines that can weaken your immune system

From: Shingles WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Dermatology: “Shingles: Overview,” “Shingles: Diagnosis and Treatment.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Shingles: What Is Shingles?”

CDC: “Chickenpox: Complications,” “Shingles Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know,” “Shingles: Transmission.”

Mayo Clinic: “Shingles: Definition.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Shingles: What are the Symptoms of Shingles.”

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 16, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Dermatology: “Shingles: Overview,” “Shingles: Diagnosis and Treatment.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Shingles: What Is Shingles?”

CDC: “Chickenpox: Complications,” “Shingles Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know,” “Shingles: Transmission.”

Mayo Clinic: “Shingles: Definition.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Shingles: What are the Symptoms of Shingles.”

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 16, 2019

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