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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it a possible to get chicken pox, again?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Immunity with 1st: Chickenpox will confer immunity with the first infection. There are some times when this may not be permanent, as when an infant gets it before 6m when maternal antibody may interfere with antibody production. There are many rash producing processes that may mimic chickenpox & these probably account for what many think as a first or repeat case.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for me to have chicken pox?

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
Pediatrics 42 years experience
DEPENDS-: If you don't have any immune issue, not on any immuno-suppressive medication, there is less possibility. Even if you didn't receive 2 doses of vaccination, by this time you might have been unknowingly exposed to chicken pox virus, so still less possible for your age 34.
A 47-year-old member asked:

It possible for me to get chicken pox again if i had them as a child?

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Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Can happen: Not that likely, but it could happen. Immunity can not be that great over time and you could get it, again.
Dr. Natalie Geary
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Yes you can get a recurrence its called Shingles.
May 27, 2013
A 43-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my nephew has chicken pox is it possible for me to get it?

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes: If you've never had chicken pox then yes, you can get it.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to pass the chicken pox to others?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes in most cases: Chickenpox is one of the most contagious illnesses, being spread for at least a day prior to it's outbreak by airborne secretions & up to a week after the outbreak from airborne or skin debris. Simple exposure within the same room with the patient for an hour is enough to pass the germ. Those who have had it before & most who were vaccinated are immune.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Can you get chicken pox more than once in your life?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Yes: You can get chickenpox again as shingles which is limited to one nerve root on one side of the body. You also get a milder case of chickenpox if you had it a long time ago and your body's immune system decreases.

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