Zoster

The Pharmacy Times® Zoster resource center provides clinical news and articles, coverage from conferences and meetings, links to condition-specific resources, and videos and other content.

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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.
 
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Although herpes zoster is rare in children, a case study suggests that it can develop in immunocompetent children after vaccination.
 
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The FDA has approved mepolizumab for the treatment of hypereosinophilic syndrome.
 
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The FDA has approved tofacitinib for the treatment of children and adolescents 2 years and older with active polyarticular course juvenile idiopathic arthritis. 
 
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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.
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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.
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Despite some challenges, these programs increase rates and follow-up doses and improve patient communication.
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Room for improvement remains, based on 3 factors identified by WHO: complacency, confidence, and convenience.
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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.
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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.
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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.