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An updated approach to treating and preventing herpes zoster

Garrubba, Carl MPA, PA-C; Donkers, Kelly MPA, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants:
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000438245.33074.a3
Special Topics in Infectious Diseases

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.

Author Information

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.

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