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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
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
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
Who should get the shingles vaccine? If I've already had shingles, should I get the vaccine so I don't get shingles again?
The shingles vaccine (Zostavax) is recommended for adults age 60 and older, whether they've already had shingles or not: Although the vaccine is approved for people age 50 and older, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention isn't recommending it until you reach age 60. The shingles vaccine is a live vaccine given as a single injection, usually in the upper arm. The most common side effects of the shingles vaccine are redness, pain, tenderness, swelling and itching at the injection site, and headaches. Some people report a chickenpox-like rash after getting the shingles vaccine. Although some people will develop shingles despite vaccination, the vaccine may reduce the severity and duration of it. The shingles vaccine isn't recommended if you: Have ever had an allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin or any other component of the shingles vaccine, Have a weakened immune system due to HIV/AIDS or another disease that affects the immune system, Are receiving immune system-suppressing drugs or treatments, such as steroids, adalimumab (Humira), infliximab (Remicade), etanercept (Enbrel), radiation or chemotherapy, Have cancer that affects the bone marrow or lymphatic system, such as leukemia or lymphoma, Are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. The cost of the shingles vaccine may not be covered by Medicare, Medicaid or insurance. Check your plan. ...Read more
Can you give chicken pox to a pregnant mother who hasn't had it but had the vaccine? I've got the shingles.
Maybe: A single dose of the vaccine protects 85% while 2 doses brings that up to 95%. If she had the vaccine she is likely protected, but some risk remains. Shingles patients do not pass the germ in the air or saliva like chickenpox, the only infectious material comes from the sores.Simply covering the weeping sores and practicing good hand washing can reduce anyone's risk of germ transfer ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: No vaccine is 100% effective for every person that gets the vaccine. However, people who get vaccinated have a significantly decreased chance of getting the illness. If they do get the illness, it will most likely be very mild. ...Read more
Vaccine: Most of us who had chicken pox at a young age have lifelong immunity. A simple blood test can be done to confirm this. If the test shows no immunity, the vaccine is given. If no test is done, there is no harm in receiving the vaccine. I would, however, make sure it was the chicken pox vaccine you were given and not the shingles vaccine, which is more commonly given in the older age range. ...Read more
A few do: The efficiency of a single dose of vaccine is about 85% while a second dose brings that up to 95% or so. Those that do get wild chickenpox after having at least one dose avoid the most severe complications. If you are susceptible, the incubation period remains 10-21 days after exposure. ...Read more
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?
Yes: A single dose in childhood protects about 85% of recipients while 2 doses at least a month apart brings it up to >95%. Rarely, one could still get it but the partial protection provided by the vaccine series (2) would decrease the risks of a hard case marked by chickenpox pneumonia or other major complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
When Vaccinated?: If you are 39 years of age, i'm not sure you could have had the series as a child in the usa as it wasn't routinely available until 1995. It was used in asia in 1970's but not here. If I do the math, you were at least 22 years of age in 1995, not childhood age. You couldn't have had chickenpox as kid. Maybe you are remembering other vaccines instead that you received in childhood. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Yes: You are very likely to have receiced one shot which was a standard back then. Later on, it was found that one shot did not provide adequate protection for a prolonged period. A booster dose vaccination has typically been given in 4-5 years. ...Read more
33 yr old female, never have had chicken pox. Should I take the shot that is given? Will I get chicken pox or will help prevent it?
Must take vaccine: You must take the vaccine ASAP and it is 2 doses 1 now another one in a month..It will protect you and have enough antibodies for the infant if choose to become pregnant ...Read more
What could happen if I already had the chickenpox but forgot, and then got a chickenpox vaccine anyway?
Possibly: Introduced in the late 70's in japan, the current CP vaccine was not adopted in the us until the 90's. There are good data that one dose removes the risk of death with cp, but likely only 85% get protective immunity from 1 dose, with that improving to >95% after 2 doses given at least a month apart. Time will tell if future boosters are needed but with 30+ years of worldwide data it looks good. ...Read more
I am 31 years old and have never had chicken pox. Is it more serious if you contract it as an adult? Should i get the varicella vaccine
Yes: Sometimes full immunity is not achieved with infection and vaccine doses are given. ...Read more
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster), occurring in people who have had chicken pox some time in their past. ...Read more
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