People with the following conditions that compromise or suppress their immune system have an increased risk for herpes zoster: cancer, especially leukemia and lymphoma, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), bone marrow or solid organ (renal, cardiac, liver, and lung) transplant recipients, or.
What groups are at higher risk for contracting herpes zoster?
Shingles is more common in older adults and in people who have weakened immune systems. Varicella-zoster is part of a group of viruses called herpes viruses, which includes the viruses that cause cold sores and genital herpes. Because of this, shingles is also known as herpes zoster.
Who is at high risk for shingles?
Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for getting shingles. But this risk goes up as you get older; shingles is most common in people over age 50. Your immune system may be weaker when you have an infection or are stressed. This can raise your risk of shingles.