“How, as we know, case reports constitute a low level of association.”
The lead author said it was important to make health care professionals aware of the potential increased risk, to enable early intervention and treatment in patients who develop shingles.
Mr Bhavsar added: “These results also highlight the importance of preventive measures, such as vaccination, to protect the health and well-being of older adults who are at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases like COVID-19 and shingles.”
It is worth mentioning that due to the epidemiological structure of the study, no causal relationship could be confirmed between the two infections.
More and larger studies are therefore needed to confirm any relationship between the conditions.