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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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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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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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Can someone get get shingles if not had chicken pox?

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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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 you get chicken pox after getting the shot?

Can you get chicken pox after getting the shot?

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

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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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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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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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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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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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What do you suggest if my child got the chicken pox vaccination can she still get chicken pox?

What do you suggest if my child got the chicken pox vaccination can she still get chicken pox?

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

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What to do if I have had shingles before but not chicken pox, can I still get chicken pox?

What to do if I have had shingles before but not chicken pox, can I still get chicken pox?

No: If you have had shingles, you somehow acquired the virus that causes chickenpox in the past. A full 96% of adults who think they never had Cpx test positive on blood tests for antibodies to the disease. This can include infection while in the womb. Shingles is a reactivation of the Cpx virus and never happens without a prior Cpx infection. ...Read more

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Can you get chicken pox from someone if you had it already ?

Depends: If you truly had wild chickenpox and not another blister producing illness, it provides lifelong immunity. At one time there were 2 million cases/yr in the us and docs did not want you to come to their office, so mom's labeled it.Those that have had bone marrow transplants or immune defects may be at risk. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you develop natural immunity to chicken pox can you still catch shingles?

Shingles: If you have ever had even a mild case of chickenpox, the virus that causes it remains in your body forever. It can be reactivated due to changes in your immune system function, stress, illness or another exposure to chickenpox. ...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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How can you cure chicken pox i you don't have the vaccine?

How can you cure chicken pox i you don't have the vaccine?

Depends: Most chickenpox will self heal over a week or so in kids.There are antiviral medications that can suppress the intensity of the illness if taken early in the illness, but these are not recommended for most natural cases in kids. Adults should receive treatment because of the amplified intensity and complications involved. ...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

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


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