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What Are The Risk Factors for Shingles?

People who have had chickenpox before and weakened immune systems.

As shingles is a disease caused by the virus which initially caused chickenpox, people who have had chickenpox are at risk of being infected with shingles. The risk of the virus reactivating in individuals is higher with weakened immune systems. This includes: 

  • People above the age of 60
  • People on specific medication such as cancer medications or steroids
  • People undergoing emotional stress or trauma

Studies have suggested that people above 60 are ten times more likely to get shingles than younger individuals. Moreover, situations that may cause psychological distress on individuals can lead to weaker immunity, increasing the risk of shingles. Therefore, to prevent and lower the risks of shingles, you should maintain a satisfactory level of immunity.

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