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can you get chickenpox twice?

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Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Not really: Typically you can only get chicken pox once. After that you can get a second type of infection from the same virus called shingles. Shingles is a painful rash that follows a nerve track along the surface of your body. The varicella vaccine can help to prevent both of these diseases.
Answered on Feb 26, 2019
Dr. Kevin Windisch
24 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: If for some reason you don't producce an adequate immune response, especially in children with their first infection under 6 months of age, it is not unusual to get a second infection if you aren't later vaccinated on schedule.
Answered on Apr 30, 2016
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Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz commented
25 years experience Pediatrics
Typically the second infection is not as serious. Sometimes it is difficult to even recognize that it is a chicken pox infection.
Dec 3, 2011

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