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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

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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?

Check w/ baby's doc: Varicella zoster virus, the chickenpox/shingles virus, is not likely in your saliva in amounts easily transmitted, and if your toddler has had appropriate vaccines, she has been immunized and is immune to VZV. Any risk of VZV infection in the premie is from contact with you. not your toddler. Tell the NICU staff and follow their advice. Best wishes for your growing family! ...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

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is 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


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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