This is why parents have chicken pox parties. lolaznnorth wrote: ↑ The virus that causes chicken pox is the same virus that causes shingles - varicella zoster virus. Hence, where the name zostervax vaccine comes from (ding, ding, ding!!). When you are a child your immunity is at it's weakest and therefore this virus is most likely to break out. However, as you age your immunity breaks down around middle age aka 50. That's why older peeps are more susceptible to diseases, virus, and other medical conditions. Thus, this virus creeps its ugly head as shingles (basically the adult form of chicken pox). The virus tends to affect nerves which is why you often feel the effects of shingles as initially sharp piercing pain at nerve endings. Often sharp throbbing headaches around the parietal lobe nerve endings and sometimes in the front lob nerve endings of the head. Over the years as medical tech improved, more and more kids received vaccine shots to prevent chicken pox as children resulting in less and less kids getting chicken pox as kids. This creates a 2 pronged effect. When you dont get chicken pox as a child the probability of getting shingles as an adult is greater. Likewise, if you do get chicken pox as a kid the likehood to get shingles as an adult is less. This is why shingles cases has increased over recent years. When kids who never had chicken pox as a child get shingles, the cases are much greater in number as adults. This explains why stats are now 1 in 2 or 50% get shingles as an adult.
Seems the virus gets totally eradicated when even the weaker immune system of the child develops and counteracts it.
when one gets chicken pox later into adulthood, the complications and outbreaks seem more severe and greater chance on not totally eradicating the virus.
The remaining live virus then lodges itself in the base of the spine where it remains dormant for years before it could potentially rare it's ugly face again later in life as shingles.
Virus have no brain but yet are so smart.