Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles can cause painful rashes and blisters on the skin and can lead to complications in some cases, particularly in older adults and individuals with weakened immune systems.
The death rate of shingles is relatively low, and most people who develop shingles recover without any long-term complications. However, the risk of complications increases with age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of complications from shingles is highest among people aged 60 years and older, and the risk of death from shingles is also highest in this age group.
In general, the death rate from shingles is very low. However, people who develop complications from shingles, such as pneumonia or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), may be at risk of death. The overall death rate from shingles is estimated to be less than 1% of cases, but this rate is higher among older adults and individuals with weakened immune systems.
If you have any concerns about shingles or your risk of complications, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider. They can provide guidance on preventing and treating shingles, as well as managing any complications that may arise.