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Shingles affects people younger than 50, with guest Jennifer Moffat, PhD, on Upstate's The Informed Patient podcast

Personal history with chickenpox, vaccines is key

Shingles, a painful disease that usually impacts people over 50, is showing up in younger adults. Microbiologist Jennifer Moffat, PhD, discusses the relationship of chickenpox to shingles, some possible reasons for the increased incidence of shingles, and the value of the shingles vaccine. Moffat is an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Upstate, and she has studied the Varicella zoster virus, which causes both chickenpox and shingles, for 30 years.