Herpes Zoster Resources

Patient Experience

Part of our Virtual Rounds series, this video chronicles a retired woman’s experience being diagnosed with the herpes zoster virus and the ongoing implication it has had on her overall health and lifestyle.

Parents PACK Patient Stories- Shingles

This website provides a look at five different first person accounts of either having or caring for a family member with shingles.

Biomedical Connections

Part of our Virtual Rounds series, this video examines the deeper science behind the herpes zoster virus: what it is, how it’s contracted, and the various treatment options available.

Drive to Stem Shingles Meets Few Expectations

This news article takes a look at the prevalence of the herpes zoster virus to date, five years after a shingles vaccine was introduced.

Engineering a Shingles Vaccine that Doesn’t Wimp Out Over Time

This podcast (with transcript) explores the relationship between herpes varicella (chicken pox) and the increased risk for developing herpes zoster (shingles).

Genetic Variation in the HLA Region Is Associated with Susceptibility to Herpes Zoster

This scholarly article examines the genetic evidence linking the HLA gene with increased risk of contracting herpes zoster.

New Shingles Vaccine Could Reduce, Eliminate Virus and Symptoms

This interview (with transcript) discusses a study from the New England Journal of Medicine which found that a new vaccine cuts the risk of developing shingles by half.

Treatment: For Shingles Pain, Older Drugs May Work Fine

This news article discusses the efficacy of established prescription drugs in combating the pain associated with herpes zoster.

What to Ask About Shingles

This news article provides a patient-focused Q&A on herpes zoster.

Socioeconomic Impact

Part of our Virtual Rounds series, this video takes a look at profound global impact herpes zoster has on otherwise healthy individuals across all age groups, genders, and ethnicities.

A Vaccine as an Option to Keep Shingles at Bay

This news article reviews a shingles vaccine after a study of men and women aged 60 and older showed that it prevented about half of the cases of shingles and reduced the risk of PHN by two-thirds.

Why Patients Aren’t Getting the Shingles Vaccine

This news article examines the reasons why, in the two years since the shingles vaccine became available, fewer than 10% of all eligible patients have received it.

History (Timeline) of Disease

Part of our Virtual Rounds series, this video explores the history of the herpes zoster virus throughout time, from its discovery in ancient times to seminal research in treatment and prevention in more recent years.

Herpes Zoster Rates Are Increasing, but Why?

This video examines the recent increase in the number of shingles outbreaks.

Prevention of Herpes Zoster

This scholarly article examines the disease and the recent advancements in medical research to combat it.


Part of our Virtual Rounds series, this video features interviews with various medical professionals and the roles they play in the treatment of patients with the herpes zoster virus.

Exploring Why a Virus Reactivates to Cause Shingles

This interview features a Q&A with Dr. Jeffrey I. Cohen, Director of Medical Virology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on the relationship between the herpes varicella (chicken pox) virus and the contraction of herpes zoster (shingles) later in life.

A Circus of Pain

This interactive article provides you with an exercise in diagnosing a case. Be sure to see the article directly below this—”Think Like a Doctor: The Circus Trainer’s Headache Solved”—to see if your diagnosis is correct.

Think Like a Doctor: The Circus Trainer’s Headache Solved

This news article reviews the diagnosing activity posed in the above article, “A Circus of Pain.”