What is the link between chickenpox and shingles?

Chickenpox and shingles are both caused by the same virus - varicella-zoster, according to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID).

While the virus commonly causes chickenpox – an itchy, skin rash – in children, it can resurface years later, causing shingles, according to the NFID.

About half of the 1 million Americans to have shingles – a painful, blistering rash – each year are 60 or older, according to the NFID.

To learn more about the link between shingles and chickenpox, talk with your doctor.

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