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

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

Chicken Pox: After you have had chickenpox, you are not likely to get it again. But the virus stays in your body long after you get over the illness. If the virus becomes active again, it can cause a painful viral infection called shingles. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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Can you get Coxsackie again if you had it as a child? Or is it a once and done like chicken pox?

Can you get Coxsackie again if you had it as a child? Or is it a once and done like chicken pox?

Coxsackie: Yes you can, there are many subtypes of coxsackie so it is not unusual to get it again, although adults don't get it as frequently as children do. ...Read more

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Since I've had chicken pox twice, once as a young child and a second time at 18, is is a good idea to get immunized for shingles? I am now 63.

Since I've had chicken pox twice, once as a young child and a second time at 18, is is a good idea to get immunized for shingles? I am now 63.

Yes, excellent idea!: Zostavax is recommended for people ages 60 and older since they are most vulnerable to the infection. It is not total protection, but if you do get it, it will be much milder and that's important! ...Read more

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How many times can you get chicken pox in your life time?

How many times can you get chicken pox in your life time?

Depends on variables: Most will only have it once. Some have other blister producing illnesses like hand/food/mouth disease and are mislabeled cpx, only to have real cpx later. A handful of people with immune deficiencies have had it repeatedly.Some feel infants who have it under 6 mo may be susceptable to a repeat later.So for 99% of the population, one time is what to expect. ...Read more

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Does getting vaccinated for chicken pox guarantee that you will never get it in your life?

Does getting vaccinated for chicken pox guarantee that you will never get it in your life?

No: A single dose given over the age of one is considered 100% preventative of major complications but only 85% protective against the disease. After two doses at least 1 month apart, the protective level rises to 95%. Anyone with an immunity problem may have a muted response to any vaccine. ...Read more

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Can you get chicken pox as a adult?

Can you get chicken pox as a adult?

Yes: Anyone can get chicken pox if they have never had it before and were not vaccinated against it. Also, immunosuppressed people may get it anyway. Theoretically it is possible to be infected by someone with shingles (herpes zoster). ...Read more

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Can you get chicken pox after getting the shot?

Can you get chicken pox after getting the shot?

Vaccine rash/risk: There are a small percentage of people that will break out in an atypical rash a week or two after receiving the weakened varicella virus injection. This is not true wild chickenpox but a "chickenpox lite" since it is a weakened virus.There will be fewer blisters.An estimated 10-15 % kids with a single dose remain at risk of cpx while a booster done later drops that to <5%. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many times can you get chicken pox?

Can you let me know how many times can you get chicken pox?

Depends on variables: Most will only have it once. Some have other blister producing illnesses like hand/food/mouth disease and are mislabeled cpx, only to have real cpx later. A handful of people with immune deficiencies and those that have had a bone marrow transplant may have it again (should get the vaccine). For 99.9% of the population, 1 is the magic number. ...Read more