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Is it possible to have the shingles multiple times?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Shingles reappearing: Yes. Unfortunately. This can be ameliorated, hopefully, by getting the zostavax or "shingles' vaccine. This vaccine may prevent any further problems, but yes this outbreak can re-occur.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Define multiple : Most people develop shingles only once. The reported percentage of these who get a second episode is 2-4 percent. Multiple (more than 2) is even less common.

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