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Can you get shingles if you had the chicken pox shot recently the past year?

Can you get shingles if you had the chicken pox shot recently the past year?

Shingles: The shingles vaccine isn't fail-safe; some people develop shingles despite vaccination. Even when it fails to suppress the virus completely, however, the shingles vaccine may reduce the severity and duration of shingles. Although there's hope that the vaccine will reduce your risk of severe, lingering pain after shingles (postherpetic neuralgia). ...Read more

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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I turned 50 this year, and am wondering if I should get a shingles shot. I had chicken pox bad as a kid, and w/ all my health prob, just wondering?

I turned 50 this year, and am wondering if I should get a shingles shot. I had chicken pox bad as a kid, and w/ all my health prob, just wondering?

At 60: Shingles vaccine is recommended at age 60. Please consult this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/shingles/expert-answers/shingles-vaccine/FAQ-20057859 ...Read more

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Should i get a shingles shot? 69 years old, had chicken pox, exposed to genital herpes apparently the lowest cost shingles shot i can get is $75, which for a senior on a fixed income is a lot of money. However, i had chicken pox as a child; i've never

Should i get a shingles shot?  69 years old, had chicken pox, exposed to genital herpes apparently the lowest cost shingles shot i can get is $75, which for a senior on a fixed income is a lot of money.  

However, i had chicken pox as a child; i've never

I : I would recommend that it is beneficial to get shingles vaccine for you. The risk of you getting shingles is as average as any person of your age group. Genital herpes does not have any role in incidence of shingles. But the after effects of shingles (postherpetic neuralgia), meaning pain and burning sensation in the area where the person had the rash from shingles even after the rash disappears in some individuals is very uncomfortable and this seems to increase with age. The benefit from vaccine decreases as you delay the vaccine after 70 yrs. The vaccine has shown that it decreases the intensity of shingles episode and incidence and intensity of post herpetic neuralgia. If you sum the cost of the doctor visits and medications needed to treat post herpetic neuralgia, the cost of shingles vaccine is definitely lower. I hope this is helpful. I wish you the very best. ...Read more

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My 2 year old drank after me. I have shingles. We also have a 32 weeker in NICU. Worried toddler will get chicken pox and we will spread it to preemie?

My 2 year old drank after me. I have shingles. We also have a 32 weeker in NICU. Worried toddler will get chicken pox and we will spread it to preemie?

Contact care: Only the weeping debris from your shingles would be able to spread the virus. If you can keep the area covered & practice good contact care (wash hands a lot) you are unlikely to spread it to anyone. Let the NICU people know since their policy may keep you away until certain parameters are met. ...Read more

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I've had extreme fatigue for two years now. Its debilitating and I have lost interest in almost everything I use to enjoy. Background: i'm a 20 year old female. I've had chicken pox twice (shingles) i got pityriasis rosea 1.5 years ago i get tonsil ston

I've had extreme fatigue for two years now.  Its debilitating and I have lost interest in almost everything I use to enjoy. Background:
i'm a 20 year old female.
I've had chicken pox twice (shingles) 
i got pityriasis rosea 1.5 years ago
i get tonsil ston

When : When someone mentions that "they have lost interest in the things they once enjoyed", it's a big red flag that the person is suffering from depression. Depression would also explain your fatigue and need to nap often - especially since you seem pretty healthy otherwise. (which is good!) st. John's wort has been shown to have modest benefit for mood improvement, but if you are still having symptoms, you may need a better medication and therapy. Research shows that people who engage in therapy and medication get better faster and stay better for a longer period of time than either therapy or medication alone. You should call your doctor and discuss your symptoms with them. They may be able to help you, or at least refer you to someone in your area who can help. I added a link to a website with helpful information about depression. There are a few other illnesses that can cause similar symptoms such as hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone) and your doctor may choose to check for this before starting medication. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you get shingles when you have chicken pox shot?

Yes: Shingles is a re-activation of the pox virus although it tends to have a single dermatome distribution as opposed to an "all over the body" distribution as chicken pox does. If you think you are getting a shingles outbreak it is important to seek treatment within the first 72 hours. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with shingles. Should my dad, who is 53 years old and never had chicken pox, get a vaccination?

I was just diagnosed with shingles. Should my dad, who is 53 years old and never had chicken pox, get a vaccination?

Yes: That would be a very good idea. You should also avoid being in touching contact with him until he has done that, although even though he may not remember having chickenpox the probability is that he has had it previously. Goo luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had chicken pox when I was a baby. last year my husband got shingles, could he of passed it to me ?

What to do if I have had chicken pox when I was a baby. last year my husband got shingles, could he of passed it to me ?

Confusing question: If you have had chickenpox, ever, you may at some point get shingles. Your husband cannot pass the shingles to you. Shingles is a reactivation of the varicella virus you already have in your body, hiding in nerve cells. If your immune system is weakened it may come out, otherwise don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Can you get shingles if you have not had chicken pox?

Can you get shingles if you have not had chicken pox?

Yes & no: If you are one of the few people in the world that never had chicken pox (proven by blood test) and never got the vaccine, you will never get shingles. However, you may have had it & never knew it (positive blood test) or got the vaccine. In both situations you can get shingles. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get shingles if you haven't had chicken pox?

Is it possible for you to get shingles if you haven't had chicken pox?

No, but: You canot have shingles unless you had prior chickenpox.However, 90% of adults who do not recall having chickenpox test positive for antibodies (they had it).You can actually acquire the germ if your mother has chickenpox during pregnancy and the germ gets into your system. This causes some problems in pregnancy but may go unrecognised and have no visable effect on the baby. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get shingles or chicken pox if you haven't had the chicken pox, but have had the varicella vaccine?

Maybe: You may have had a mild form of the chicken pox when you were little and you don't even know it. You can have your titers checked and and if they are truly negative you can get the vaccination since getting chicken pox as an adult can be serious. The shingles vaccine is only about 50 percent effective so it is still possible to get shingles even if you have had the vaccine. If you do the case is u. ...Read more

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Can my 14 month old get shingles from his dad? I don't think my son has had the chicken pox vaccine.

Can my 14 month old get shingles from his dad? I don't think my son has had the chicken pox vaccine.

Shingles: Your 14 month old can get chickenpox from his dad if his dad has shingles. If this is the case, contact your pediatrician to see if any preventive therapy is indicated for your child. ...Read more

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If i had the chicken pox vaccine when i was a baby, can I still get chicken pox from skin contact with someone who has shingles?

If i had the chicken pox vaccine when i was a baby, can I still get chicken pox from skin contact with someone who has shingles?

Vaccines protect you: If you are immune to a virus like chicken pox, that means you cannot get it. You never need to be afraid of it. So, no. ...Read more

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Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

Yes.: Shingles lesions contain active chicken pox virus, so a child can catch chicken pox if they have direct physical contact with the rash. It does not transmit through the air. If a child has had both recommended doses of chicken pox vaccine, generally given at age 1 and 4, they're likely to be immune. ...Read more

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Do people ever get shingles from chicken pox?

Get shingles: When a child has chickenpox the virus remains inactive in the body forever. Under some circumstances, it may be reactivated, such as compromised immune system, stress, illness or re exposure to chickenpox. When reactivated, it presents as shingles. ...Read more

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Can i get shingles if IV never had chicken pox?

Shingles chickenpox: Some people get what is called subclinical chickenpox with very few or no blisters appearing on the skin, but they still had the infection. This infection can recur as shingles later on. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more