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Varicella zoster virus: chickenpox and shingles

Varicella zoster virus: chickenpox and shingles

Varicella zoster virus: chickenpox and shingles

Dinah Gould
Dinah Gould
on behalf of ICNus

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Launch date: 01 Oct 2018
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Last updated: 31 Oct 2018

Reference: 192690

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Description

The varicella zoster virus causes two infections: varicella, also known as chickenpox occurring mostly in childhood, and herpes zoster, also known as shingles affecting mainly older people. Varicella usually occurs in children under ten years of age. It is generally a mild infection and in the UK vaccination is not offered as part of the routine immunisation programme. However, adults who develop varicella are at risk of developing complications and the infection is likely to be more severe. Serious complications are a particular risk for pregnant women, unborn children, neonates and those who are immunocompromised. Nurses whose work brings them into contact with those at risk have a vital role in providing information about the importance of avoiding varicella. After the acute infection, the varicella zoster virus gains access to the ganglia in the sensory nervous system where it can remain dormant for years. Reactivation results in herpes zoster, a common and unpleasant illness. A vaccine for herpes zoster was introduced for people aged 70-79 in the UK in September 2013.

Objectives

This module provides an overview of varicella (chickenpox) and herpes zoster (shingles)

On completion of this course you will be able to:
Describe the signs and symptoms of varicella and herpes zoster.
Dinah Gould

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Dinah Gould
on behalf of ICNus

Professor of nursing, School of Healthcare Science, Cardiff University, Cardiff.

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This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • 0.50 Hours

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