Q.  I have been seeing more and more information about the shingles vaccine in the news. What is shingles?

A.  Shingles (or herpes zoster) is a painful skin rash that usually appears in a band, a strip, or a small area on one side of the face or body.

Q.  What causes shingles? 

A.  Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox becomes active (reactivates) again in your body.  

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