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The Varicella Zoster Virus

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Oral health professionals should be prepared to note the signs and symptoms of shingles as it has implications for the provision of care.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe the epidemiology of a herpes zoster (shingles) infection.
  2. Identify risk factors for the development of shingles.
  3. Recognize the signs and symptoms of shingles.
  4. Know the current vaccine recommendations for the prevention of shingles.

This course was issued in March 2020 and expires March 2023. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.

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