It’s the time of year when many parents are preparing to send kids off to college; and among all the preparations, it’s important to remember one that can be a literal lifesaver: the meningococcal vaccine. In fact, as of Aug. 28, college students will be required by state law to show proof of vaccination against this potentially deadly disease.
If you think having chickenpox as a child is the end of the line for the varicella zoster virus in your body, think again. The virus that causes chickenpox settles in and bides its time, hid-ing in nerve cells, until something—its not clear what—causes it to rage back decades after the initial infection. Only this time, you’ve got shingles.