COVID-19 vaccines don’t cause shingles, but may lead to flare-ups, experts say – CTV

July 20, 2021

TORONTO — While some are suggesting on social media that shingles may be a side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine, experts say there is no evidence to suggest that the vaccines cause shingles.

However, studies suggest COVID-19 infection or vaccination against the disease may “reactivate” the virus if a person already has had shingles or chickenpox.

Dr. Gerald Evans, chair of Queen’s University’s infectious diseases division in Kingston, Ont., told on Tuesday that he is not surprised some people reported a shingles flare-up after being vaccinated.

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a viral infection caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Shingles often shows up as a painful skin rash with blisters, usually on part of one side of the body.

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