The initial infection with Herpes zoster virus causes chicken pox. Later in life, this virus causes Herpes zoster. If you never get chicken pox, you can't get Herpes zoster. In the US, a childhood varicella-zoster vaccination program was started in 1995. The vaccine prevents chicken pox, as well as Herpes zoster. The Herpes zoster vaccine helps prevent herpes zoster in adults over 50 years old, who have had chicken pox in the past.
Prevention of chicken pox and Herpes zoster in children includes:
Prevention of Herpes zoster in adults who have had chicken pox includes:
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