Are You at Risk for Shingles?

Take the quiz to assess your risk.

Although your doctor or pharmacist is the only person who can truly determine your risk for Shingles, you can use this tool to help you understand your risk.

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The virus that causes Shingles may already be inside you.

If you've had chickenpox, Shingles can happen when you least expect it.

The virus that causes chickenpox never leaves your body. Instead, it lies dormant in your nervous system and can re-emerge as the painful rash of Shingles. When you're young, your immune system is usually strong enough to keep the virus in check. But the immune system can weaken as you age, allowing the Shingles virus to break through. That's why your risk for Shingles increases as you get older.

You may be at greater risk for Shingles as you get older - no matter how healthy you feel.

Even if you're doing everything your doctor or pharmacist recommends, the painful, blistering rash of Shingles can happen to you. Because your immune system can weaken as you age, it's easier for Shingles to break through your defenses. That's why it's important for you to learn more about your risk.

Your age is not the only thing that puts you at risk for Shingles.

Other factors and conditions can weaken your immune system, allowing the painful rash of Shingles to develop. For example, physical trauma, surgery, and medicines or chronic conditions that suppress your immune system can also increase your risk for Shingles.


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