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When varicella-zoster virus (VZV) causes a primary chickenpox infection and remains dormant for years, the potential for reactivation is great. Older individuals may develop shingles with its characteristic fever, malaise, headache, and intensely painful lesions. Among older Americans, VZV is nearly ubiquitous. One million Americans are diagnosed with shingles annually, with the oldest, and most vulnerable most likely to be affected. VZV can develop into or present as herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO), and this condition is also increasing in frequency.
The journal Current Opinion in Ophthalmology includes a descriptive article that covers HZO. Authored by a faculty member at the University of California, Davis, its comprehensive coverage of the topic provides ample evidence in support of vaccination for shingles.