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The physical and emotional stress of a COVID-19 diagnosis might be the triggering factor for the development of herpes zoster ophthalmicus.
Continued Surveillance for Herpes Zoster is Essential Following Varicella-Zoster Virus Live Attenuated Vaccine
Although herpes zoster is rare in children, a case study suggests that it can develop in immunocompetent children after vaccination.
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Though more research is needed, reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus may be caused by a decrease in absolute lymphocytes caused by COVID-19.
In a comprehensive systematic review that assessed risk factors for HZ infection, researchers found that immunosuppression through HIV/AIDS or malignancy places individuals at a significant risk.
Despite some challenges, these programs increase rates and follow-up doses and improve patient communication.
Room for improvement remains, based on 3 factors identified by WHO: complacency, confidence, and convenience.
Improving Vaccination Rates for Unvaccinated and Undervaccinated Groups and Other Vulnerable Populations
Pharmacists have become widely accepted as immunization advocates, educators, and administrators, and an increasing proportion of influenza vaccines are being administered in community pharmacies nationwide.
Counseling pearls and considerations for the shingles vaccine, such as navigating insurance coverage, managing adverse events, and handling a missed dose in the series, are discussed.
Study findings could lead to new treatments and vaccines for other herpesviruses, as well as HIV, coronaviruses, and other conditions, all of which rely on the same protein.