Shingles / Herpes Zoster Virus

By Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN The shingles vaccine, sometimes referred to as the ‘shingles shot’ is often seen advertised in pharmacies and Doctors’ offices, leading patients to wonder if they should get the vaccine and what is it for. Shingles is the layman’s term for the Herpes Zoster Virus and the vaccine is used prevent the shingles from occurring. WHAT IS THE HERPES ZOSTER VIRUS? Herpes Zoster is the same virus that causes chicken pox, the varicella-zoster [...]