97% of Australian adults have been exposed to the chickenpox virus and are therefore at risk of developing shingles at some point in their lives. (1)
Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After chickenpox, the varicella zoster virus lays dormant in the nerves and it can reactivate at any time, most commonly in older age, causing shingles.
There are an estimated 120,000 new cases of shingles annually in Australia and the...
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As we get older, our risk of developing diseases such as shingles increases. It is estimated over 120,000 new cases of shingles are reported annually in Australia and the substantial burden of shingles in Australia is continuing to increase over time, most prominently in the older population.
Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox.
After a case of chickenpox, the varicella zoster virus lays dormant in the nerves and can reactivate at...