An updated approach to treating and preventing herpes zosterGarrubba, Carl MPA, PA-C; Donkers, Kelly MPA, PA-CJournal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants: December 2013 - Volume 26 - Issue 12 - p 56–59 doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000438245.33074.a3 Special Topics in Infectious Diseases Abstract Author Information ABSTRACT: Varicella zoster virus (VZV) causes chickenpox and herpes zoster. Herpes zoster is a common infection in older adults and can lead to potentially debilitating postherpetic neuralgia. This article reviews the diagnosis and management of herpes zoster, including strategies to reduce disease frequency and severity with the herpes zoster vaccine. At Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carl Garrubba is director of the PA program and Kelly Donkers is an assistant professor and director of academic education for the PA program. The authors have indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article. © 2013 American Academy of Physician Assistants.