Can You Die from Shingles?

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Though rare, you CAN die from shingles.

More Info:   The varicella-zoster virus is responsible for both chickenpox and shingles.  When first infected with the varicella-zoster virus the infected person will get the chicken pox.  The virus will then remain in the body in a dormant state.  Several factors can reawaken the virus such as a weakened immune system. When the virus reinfects a person for the second time, the infected person will come down with shingles.  In those with severely weakened immune systems, the virus can spread from a skin rash to the eyes and even the internal organs.  In rare cases, shingles complications can result in death.


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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Stronger version of chickenpox vaccine cuts shingles incidence, studies show

University of Maryland Medical Center
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