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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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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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I'm wondering why are chicken pox dangerous as an adult?

I'm wondering why are chicken pox dangerous as an adult?

Outcome variability: At it's peak, chickenpox was most common in preschool kids, with > 2 million cases/yr , 50 deaths & 10, 000 hospitalizations. With the adoption of the vaccine the kid problem has become less an issue & sporadic adult cases have gotten more attention. Adults are at higher risk of a fatal pneumonia for reasons that are unexplained.We see a similar increased morbidity with mumps in adulthood. ...Read more

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My four year old nephew has gave me the chicken pox is this dangerous with me being an adult?

My four year old nephew has gave me the chicken pox is this dangerous with me being an adult?

Uncomfortable!: Chicken pox is a condition that is usually more uncomfortable than serious. In the US it's pretty rare because of the widespread use of a vaccine. If you have confirmed CP then your goal is to stay as comfortable as possible and treat fever or itching with appropriate meds. If you develop high fever or large areas of redness see ur doctor as strep infections can occur as a complication. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to have chicken pox?

How dangerous is it to have chicken pox?

Can be serious: Individuals who are at high risk to develop severe chicken pox are: anyone on immunosuppressives, e.g., transplant recipients; pregnant women; newborns under 5 days old. They often develop severe complication such as respiratory failure associated with varicella pneumonia. ...Read more

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Will a 6weeks old baby catch chicken pox and how dangerous is it?

Will a 6weeks old baby catch chicken pox and how dangerous is it?

Variable: Maternal antibodies usually protect babies under 4 months, but if mom never had it baby can get the disease.It tends to be mild at that age and there are medications that the doc can prescribe that will decrease the intensity if started early. Infants with immune deficiencies can have a very worrisome case requiring hospital care. ...Read more

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Why is it more dangerous to get chicken pox as an adult than to get it as a child?

Why is it more dangerous to get chicken pox as an adult than to get it as a child?

Pneomonia: Vericella pneumonia is a life theatening risk for an adult who develops chicken pox. The adult needs to be started on antiviral medications as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is having chicken pox as an adult truly more dangerous than getting chicken pox as a child?

Is having chicken pox as an adult truly more dangerous than getting chicken pox as a child?

Adult chicken pox: Chickenpox complications are more likely to occur in adults than in children. Despite the fact that adults account for only 5 percent of chickenpox cases per year, they account for a disproportionate number of deaths (55 percent) and hospitalizations (33 percent) compared to children. ...Read more

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I am 21 years now never had chicken pox if my son gets it would it be dangerous for me or not? What is the oldest u can get and still be safe?

I am 21 years now never had chicken pox if my son gets it would it be dangerous for me or not? What is the oldest u can get and still be safe?

No age limit!: If you have never had chickenpox you can get it at any age. You can get chickenpox from exposure to shingles also. Many adults who assume they have not had chickenpox are actually immune because they have had a mild case and not recognized it was chickenpox. You can have a blood test to see if you are immune or just get the vaccine.You should also get your son vaccinated once he is 12 months old. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to be around someone with chicken pox when I am pregnant?

Yes: It is only dangerous if you have not had chicken pox in the past. If you have then, you are immune. Many people who did not have it as a child were actually exposed and are also immune. If you are exposed to chicken pox while pregnant and you did not have it as a child then your doctor should test your antibodies to see if you are immune. If you are not immune then you need a shot called vzig. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it for a 3 week old baby to get the chicken pox?

How dangerous is it for a 3 week old baby to get the chicken pox?

Dangerous: It would mean mo never had chickenpox otherwise the baby should not get chicken pox or at least only mild. But at 3 weeks it can be life threatening. Talk with your pediatrician because there are medicines. ...Read more

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