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Could you get chickenpox from someone who just received the shingles vaccine?

Could you get chickenpox from someone who just received the shingles vaccine?

Rare: If you develop a rash after vaccination with Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) it is best to cover the rash until the lesions have crusted over. The same virus causes shingles and chickenpox (Varicella Zoster). Zostavax contains weakened chickenpox virus. It would be possible (but rare) to infect someone who has never had chickenpox and who has a weak immune system. ...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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I am considering getting the chickenpox vaccine. Is there a difference between it and the shingles vaccine?

I am considering getting the chickenpox vaccine. Is there a difference between it and the shingles vaccine?

Yes: They use the same antigenic material to stimulate the immune system, but the shingles vaccine has a much higher amount due to the body's requirements. ...Read more

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If a retiree did not have chicken pox in childhood, is there any reason to get the shingles vaccine? Saw drug company ad about it.

If a retiree did not have chicken pox in childhood, is there any reason to get the shingles vaccine? Saw drug company ad about it.

SHINGLES VACCINE: If you never had chickenpox as a child, the consensus is that you can never develop shingles. I do not recommend the vaccine for you. ...Read more

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If my varicella titer is positive, do I need the shingles vaccine?

If my varicella titer is positive, do I need the shingles vaccine?

Maybe, maybe not: The varicella titer just confirms you had it in the past or had the vaccine. It does not predict whether you may have shingles in the future. The shingles vaccine is primarily intended for the older population, those over 50.I would talk the issue over with the doc who knows your history best. ...Read more

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Dumb q: why do I need shingles vaccine at 50 if I already had chicken pox?

Waning immunity: The shingles represent a return of varicella virus you encountered in childhood. It goes into hibernation in nerve centers along the front of the spine, kept in check by antibodies you developed as a kid. In some, the virus re-emerges as shingles. The shingles shot has a high concentration of the antigen to boost an aging system. Get it & decrease possibly of getting shingles. ...Read more

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How are the chicken pox vaccine and the shingles vaccine distinguished from each other?

Strength/target: The varicella (chickenpox) vaccine has the amount of weakened virus needed to trigger protective levels of antibodies in kids over 1 yr. It is often used for older kids and young adults, all receiving a 2 dose series. The shingles vaccine is made from the same weakened virus but contains a much stronger dose, as is necessary to provide protection for its target group of people > 50. ...Read more

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Can a person who has just received the shingles vaccine give you chicken pox?

Yes: If you have not had chickenpox or your immunity is very low, you can get chicken pox after the vaccine. It is uncommon and will be a milder case than usual. You are contagious and need to rest and avoid others until resolved. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between the chicken pox vaccine and the shingles vaccine?

Vaccines: The chicken pox vaccine prevents chicken pox; the shingles vaccine prevents shingles... In theory this is the answer.
Also, in theory if you get the chicken pox vaccine you cannot get chicken pox and since you have to have had chicken pox to get shingles then you can never get shingles if you have not had chicken pox.
As your md for a details of your particular situation. ...Read more

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Do you recommend the shingles vaccine I am 63 years old and don 't know if I ever had chicken pox.?

Do you recommend the shingles vaccine I am 63 years old and don 't know if I ever had chicken pox.?

Recommended: It is a good chance that u had chickenpox when u were a youngster. Some had the infection but never had the rash (subclincal diseasr). Zostavax is a live-virus and is effective against shingles, and chickenpox too. The risk of vaccination is small and the benefit can be significant. So, consult your doc for the vaccine, recommended for 60-yrs young and beyond. Good luck. ...Read more

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Just curious. 40 Years old, had chicken pox as a child, why do I have to wait until I'm 50 to have the shingles vaccine? Why can't I have it now?

Just curious. 40 Years old, had chicken pox as a child, why do I have to wait until I'm 50 to have the shingles vaccine? Why can't I have it now?

Age 60: CDC recommends Shingles vaccine at 60. The effectiveness of all immunizations wanes with time and if you take the vaccine too early, the protection may wane by the time you need it more. Please consult this site for more info. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/shingles/vaccination. Html ...Read more

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If you just got a shingles vaccine, can you somehow "give" a non-immune child the chicken pox?

If you just got a shingles vaccine, can you somehow "give" a non-immune child the chicken pox?

Probably.: The virus that causes shingles is the same one that causes chickenpox. The shingles vaccine in effect gives you an invisible (we call it "subclinical") case of chickenpox, in order to stimulate production of antibodies to the virus in your body. Although some dispute this, at least some people appear to be contagious for chickenpox for a week or so after receiving the vaccine. ...Read more

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Doctors, do you think I can contract chicken pox from the shingles vaccine, if I never had chicken pox?

Doctors, do you think I can contract chicken pox from the shingles vaccine, if I never had chicken pox?

Chicken pox/Shingles: The shingles vaccine (Zostavax) contains live weakened chickenpox viruses. In extremely rare cases, it's possible for someone to get an illness from these weakened viruses --usually there is 'something wrong' with the patient however. Hope your doc would screen u for any contraindication to the vaccine. The age indication for shingles vaccine is 50+. If you've never had chickenpox -get that shot. ...Read more

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I've never had the chickenpox (proven through bloodwork last week) so they gave me the vaccine. Can I get shingles still? Or the chickenpox?

I've never had the chickenpox (proven through bloodwork last week) so they gave me the vaccine. Can I get shingles still? Or the chickenpox?

Yes: The recomendations for this vaccine include 2 doses at least a month apart as only 80%+ are protected by 1.The 2nd dose will bring that up to 95%+. Even with 2 dosses there is a minor risk of cpx but if it happened it would most likely be mild. The vaccine is a weakened form of the cpx virus, and cases of shingles have occurred after its use, but at a lower frequency than wild cpx. ...Read more

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My mom got shingles 8 days ago. I'm 18, never had chickenpox, but had the vaccine 2x. Can I get the virus? I had no direct contact w/ her blisters&rash

I wouldn't worry: The 2 doses of vaccine places you in the 95% range of having immunity to CPX. The shingles also differs from regular CPX by not passing in the air if you were in the room with her. To be exposed, a vulnerable person would need direct contact to debris from the wounds. ...Read more

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Why should I pay for and get shingles vaccine if it only occurs once if at all?

Why should I pay for and get shingles vaccine if it only occurs once if at all?

Shingles isn't fun.: Ask a few people about shingles and they'll tell you it can range from annoying to really painful with symptoms that last months after the rash is gone (postherptic neuralgia). There's no great predictor if you'll get a mild or severe case. And yes, you can have it more than once in a lifetime - I've seen people on their 2nd or 3rd episode. The cost isn't trivial, but shingles isn't either. ...Read more

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Where can I get the shingles vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: Your pmd should be able to get this for you. ...Read more

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How frequently do you have to get the shingles vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: Currently the recommendation for shingles vaccine is a single dose to those age 60 or older. However, as we have found with many other vaccines that immunity may wane with time, changes in this recommendation could occur as time goes by and we research what happens 10-20 years down the line......more to come! ...Read more

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I'm getting shingles outbreaks, can I get the shingles vaccine?

Yes: But, it may not be covered by insurance. Many insurers cover it starting at age 60. I could help boost your immunity and is probably worth the expense (about $250). Not studied for younger or middle aged adults yet, since most shingles occurs in th elderly, so they are the group for which the vaccine was targeted. ...Read more

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Can you get shingles if you have had the shingles vaccine? If so, is there such a thing as a booster shot.

Can you get shingles if you have had the shingles vaccine? If so, is there such a thing as a booster shot.

Tingle post shingle: It is possible to get shingles (zoster) after receiving the shingles vaccine (zostavax). However, chance for getting shingles is greatly diminished after this vaccine and the disease activity tends to be less severe (the shingle has less tingle). As of today, repeat vaccination or a booster shot has not been supported by current scientific data. ...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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56 year old male, no spleen, should I get shingles vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: Zostavax, the shingles or herpes zoster vaccine, is indicated for adults 60 years and over. Special situations like your cas may probably qualify you to receive it (from 50 years up). In addition, it is important for you to receive the pneumococcal and Meningococcal vaccines. ...Read more

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I am allergic to all mycin drugs. Is it safe for me to get the Shingles vaccine?

Depends: A life threatening reaction (difficulty breathing, throat swelling, etc.) with neomycin is listed as a contraindication for use. Those having minor events like a mild rash would be fine. Confer with your doctor and provide this information along with a list of any medications/ supplements you take before deciding. ...Read more

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How much time should I be off my methotrexate before I get the shingles vaccine?

How much time should I be off my methotrexate before I get the shingles vaccine?

2 months: That is somewhat controversial as there is some evidence that it can be given while on methotrexate. The current recommendation is to be off of it for 2 months. ...Read more

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Getting conflicting answers on whether an asplenic patient should get shingles vaccine?

If you are 60+,: And have no other contraindications, there is no reason not to get the shingles vaccine. Anyone telling you that being asplenic should keep you from getting this live attenuated vaccine has no understanding about asplenism. ...Read more

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Can I still get the shingles vaccine AFTER I've had shingles? (Once the virus completely wears off) I've had chronic cases over the last 16 years.

Probably: It is approved for individuals 50 and above, with certain precautions, wether they had the shingles or not, please check with your primary physician, goodluck ...Read more

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Shoud I get a shingles vaccine this yr?

Depends: It depends on your age, your medical condtition and your indication for this immunization. It is generally recommended for those 60 and over but is now being given to those 50 and over. Those with immunosuppression, lymphoid diseases and certain cancers, transplants etc are usually excluded. Talk to your pcp or pharmacist about this. It's a great immunization. Shingles is a bad deal! ...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


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