How common is varicella-zoster (shingles) in the US?

Updated: May 18, 2020
  • Author: Richard Lichenstein, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that one-third of people in the United States will develop shingles, also known as herpes zoster, in their lifetime. There are an estimated 1 million cases of shingles each year in the United States. The risk for herpes zoster increases sharply after age 50 years. [1]

Herpes varicella zoster therapeutic regimens are provided below, including those for antivirals and zoster vaccines.


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