Zoster risk linked to chronic conditions

While age is known to be the most important risk factor for zoster and a major driver of vaccination policies, researchers have identified several clinical conditions that are associated with a higher risk of zoster in people younger than 60 years.

An analysis of more than 140,000 adult zoster cases that occurred in the UK between 2000 and 2011 revealed that the risk of zoster was 30% higher in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease compared to the general population.

Asthma, chronic kidney disease and