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Varicella Zoster Virus in Oral Health Care

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Oral health professionals should be familiar with shingles symptoms, the varicella vaccine, and the disease’s oral manifestations.

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 April 2020 and expires April 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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