Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

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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Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group