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Infectious Diseases

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Find the latest stories, news, and expert advice about chickenpox, including medical research on symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

Nurse gives flu vaccine to senior adult patient at clinic
Prevention

Adults Need Vaccines Too

When you think of vaccines, you probably immediately think about the series of shots given to young children with boosters throughout childhood.

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Complications

What You Must Know About Shingles

We’re answering all of your pressing questions about shingles, like if it’s contagious, how to prevent it, and if you can get it twice (or more).

Doctor giving senior woman a vaccine.
Medication

Do You Need the Shingles Vaccine?

At least 1 million people in the United States get shingles every year, a painful and often debilitating skin rash that can take weeks to resolve.

RA Brings an Increased Risk of Chickenpox and Shingles

A study published in the December issue of Arthritis Care and Research found that RA patient are nearly twice as likely to develop herpes zoster (also known as shingles) as people without RA. This large, dual country population-based study also found ...