Re: shingles & herpes
Yes, they are! Shingles is caused by the herpes zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chicken pox. The new vaccine is aimed at the elderly and is intended to reduce the debilitating effects of this nasty condition. It is not a cure and will not do anything for someone who is already suffering an outbreak.
Although herpes zoster and herpes simplex are members of the same virus family and produce similar symptoms (painful, burning sores), that is where the similarity ends.