Shingles vaccine in preventing shingles and postherpetic neuralgia

  • Stephani Schmidt Amayeza Information Centre
Keywords: shingles, varicella-zoster virus, shingles vaccine, postherpetic neuralgia


Infection with the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) causes two distinct clinical manifestations, namely varicella (chickenpox) and herpes zoster (shingles).1-4

Primary infection, which generally occurs during childhood, results in varicella (chickenpox).1-8 Following the initial infection, the virus enters the nerves and travels along the nerves to infect dorsal route ganglia (nerve cells), where it remains dormant/latent for many years.2,3,5

Author Biography

Stephani Schmidt, Amayeza Information Centre

MSc(Pharm) Medicine Information Pharmacist

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