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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Shingles Vaccine (Definition)

The shingles vaccine protects your body from reactivation of a virus — the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus — that most people are exposed to during childhood. When you recover from chickenpox, the virus stays latent in your body. For unknown reasons, though, the latent virus sometimes gets reactivated years later, causing shingles. The shingles ...Read more


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If you've had shingles before, can you get shingles again?

If you've had shingles before, can you get shingles again?

Yes: A person can have shingles more than once. His primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a weakness in his immune system (or just bad luck, older age, or other bodily stressors) that allowed him to have the first case of shingles. The doctor can give some advice on whether or not the patient should get the shingles vaccine to help prevent a recurrence of shingles. ...Read more

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Can you get shingles when you have chicken pox shot?

Can you get shingles when you have chicken pox shot?

Yes: The chickenpox vaccine was given routinely in Japan in the late 70's, a full 16 years before it was licensed in the US. The combined experience in that country and the US has shown shingles does occur after the vaccine, but at a lower frequency than with wild chickenpox. Use of the newer zoster vaccines will likely continue to reduce the frequency in both, but it will take time to tell. ...Read more

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Can you get chickenpoxs after you've had shingles?

Can you get chickenpoxs after you've had shingles?

No: Shingles is just evidence the chickenpox germ is already in your body. Once there, the body develops antibodies to the chickenpox & clears so you are immune to a new case. The shingles is thought to represent a weakening of your bodies antibody suppression of the germ which hibernates in nerve nodes after your first CPX. Once you have it, the germ doesn't leave, we hope it just hibernates forever ...Read more

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Should you get the shingles vaccine if you have ms?

Should you get the shingles vaccine if you have ms?

Absolutely: Shingles can be especially problematic for people with altered immune systems, of which ms is one. Talk to your doctor if you have been recently on steroids as to the timing, but ok to do if on immune-modulator meds like copaxone, (glatiramer) etc. A case of shingles could be devastating to someone with ms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could get shingles if i've gotten the chicken pox vaccine?

Can you tell me if i could get shingles if i've gotten the chicken pox vaccine?

Yes: The rate of shingles among vaccine recipients is lower than that of wild chickenpox, but it does occur. ...Read more

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Can someone get get shingles if not 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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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

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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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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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Can you get hepatitis if you have had the vaccines?

Can you get hepatitis if you have had the vaccines?

Yes: The vaccines offer you the best available protection against the specific form of hepatitis they are for. However, there are many forms of hepatitis for which there are no vaccines and these may occur in anyone.An example is the toxic effect of an overdose of Acetaminophen or a variety of chemicals. Illnesses like mono and mumps also often have a mild hepatitis. ...Read more

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Do I need shingles vaccine if I might have had genital herpes?

No: Totally unrelated! shingles vaccine is recommended for those over the age of 65. There is no vaccine for herpes, a totally different virus. ...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?

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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Do you need to get a (second) vaccine shot of measles if you already had measles?

Do you need to get a (second) vaccine shot of measles if you already had measles?

MMR: If you already had measles, you created natural immunity for life. There is no need to get a measles vaccine. ...Read more

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Do people get get the shingles if they have had chicken pox twice?

Do people get get the shingles if they have had chicken pox twice?

Yes: Shingles is a condition where the zoster virus emerges from hibernation in one of your nerve roots. It travels down the nerve and exits in the distribution of that nerve where it causes pain, blisters and skin sensitivity. The only way you get shingles is to have had chickenpox in the past. This virus hibernates, you are not rid of it when the chicken pox passes. ...Read more

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If you have eczema can you still get the smallpox vaccine?

If you have  eczema can you still get the smallpox vaccine?

Not an Issue: There is currently no reason to get a smallpox vaccination anywhere. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more