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can you get shingles without having chicken pox?

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Dr. Mandakini Patel
40 years experience Pediatrics
Shingles: No you can get shingles when you have dormant chicken pox virus in your body. Any form of stress can reactivate them.
Answered on May 20, 2017
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Zoster: No. Shingles is a reactivation of a previous infection with chicken pox.
Answered on May 20, 2017
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Dr. Brian Nguyen
10 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
If you haven't had chicken pox yet, get vaccinated now. If you don't know whether or not you've had chicken pox or if you've had the vaccine, your MD can draw titers to determine whether or not you're immune and then give the vaccine as needed. You don't need a Zoster vaccine until after 60. To prevent Zoster, stay healthy.
Mar 10, 2014

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