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A 23-year-old female asked:

what are the chances for shingles developing on a 21 year old who has had the chicken poxes as a child?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
It happens: I've seen it as young as age 15 months, but it remains uncommon under the age of 60. Shingles is thought to result when antibodies to the original infection with CPX decline to a point where the hibernating varicella virus re-emerge from their hiding places.

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Last updated Dec 12, 2014

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