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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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What if I just received the chicken pox vaccine and my mother has had shingles, can it affect her?

What if I just received the chicken pox vaccine and my mother has had shingles, can it affect her?

For sxs: If he has symptoms. Men with yeast infections may have burning or itching at the urethra (hole in the penis). There may be a red rash as well. ...Read more

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Does the chicken pox vaccine stop you from getting shingles too?

No: The weakened varicella virus acts like the wild one. However, data to date show the frequency of shingles after the vaccine is lower than that of the wild chickenpox. ...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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Even though I had chicken pox vaccine as a child, can I still contract shingles?

Yes: The chickenpox vaccine protected you from wild chickenpox. It was not designed to or promoted as protection against shingles. In fact recipients of the vaccine do get shingles but at a lower rate than those having wild chickenpox. When you are old enough, you can get the shingles vaccine, which is like the CPX vaccine only much stronger & designed to "wake up" your immune system to prevent shingles ...Read more

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If I get the chicken pox vaccine at 58 yrs old what are the chances i'll develop shingles?

If I get the chicken pox vaccine at 58 yrs old what are the chances i'll develop shingles?

Not possible to know: Presuming no past chicken pox illness, a 58 year-old person getting the standard ch. Pox vaccines gets some protection against ch. Pox (some people still catch ch. Pox even after the vaccines). He has to catch ch. Pox first, and then the virus can come back out as shingles months to years later. The shingles vaccine has 14 times the antigens in the ch. Pox vaccine, but is also not fully protective. ...Read more

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Hey, can I have some help with the recommendations for adults and chicken pox / shingles vaccines?

Hey, can I have some help with the recommendations for adults and chicken pox / shingles vaccines?

Restate question: If you have a specific need, please describe it and ask a related question. If you do not understand the vaccines or what they do, please ask. Please start over & provide a defined concern that can be addressed in a finite answer. We have limited space to respond. ...Read more

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How come people with chicken pox can get shingles but normal people can't, and does that mean it could be bad to get vaccines?

So shingles is: Actually a reinfection of chickenpox. Which means if you didn't contract the chicken pox virus, then you won't have the virus in your body to attack and lead to shingles. If you have never had the chicken pox virus you can get the vaccine to prevent it. If you had the ckicken pox, then you can get the shingles vaccine which reduces (not eliminates) your risk of getting shingles. Hope that helps ...Read more

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When you're young, is it a good idea to get a shingles or chicken pox vaccine?

Chickenpox, shingles: Chickenpox vaccine (varivax) is recommended for all children one year of age and older and for adults younger than 60 years. The shingles vaccine (zostavax) is given to adults 60 years of age and older. ...Read more

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4 y/o babysitter has shingles on face. He's only had one dose of chicken pox vaccine. Is he protected?

4 y/o babysitter has shingles on face. He's only had one dose of chicken pox vaccine. Is he protected?

Maybe ok, but...: In such a situation, where a 4 year-old is exposed to the virus, he can go get his second chicken pox vaccine today and boost his immunity. This second shot is usually given at age 4 or 5 years anyway. ...Read more

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My 31 yr old husband was just diagnosed with shingles. I don't know if my 14 month old has had the chicken pox vaccine. Help!

My 31 yr old husband was just diagnosed with shingles. I don't know if my 14 month old has had the chicken pox vaccine. Help!

Information: The shingles shed chickenpox virus but are not as contagious. It does not enter the saliva or spread in airborne droplets. Avoiding contact with the debris should prevent the spread. The vaccine is recommended but may not stop the germ if given after exposure. A call to your pcp can reveal if the vaccine was given. It is usually given at 1 yr. Incubation runs 10-21 days. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Vaccines protect you: If you are immune to a virus like chicken pox, that means you cannot get it. You never need to be afraid of it. So, no. ...Read more

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Hubby has shingles, I've never had chicken pox or vaccine. Docs says I'm too old (34) and won't give me the shot. Does that seem right?

Chicken pox vaccine: The vaccine can and should be given to adults if they haven't had the disease or been vaccinated. Two sots given a month apart will bestow immunity ...Read more

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I've had chicken pox and I was also vaccinated against chicken pox - am I still at risk of shingles later on? Or will the ch. Pox vaccine protect me?

Yes/no: Shingles is a process where the varicella (CPX) virus comes out of hibernation. This is because the immune system has failed to keep it in check. Both the wild CPX and the shot have potential for later shingles. The zoster vaccine given to older people is actually a CPX vaccine with about 14X the stimulus material to boost the immune systems ability to keep it hibernating. ...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 my 14 month old get shingles from his dad? I don't think my son has had the chicken pox vaccine.

Can my 14 month old get shingles from his dad? I don't think my son has had the chicken pox vaccine.

Shingles: Your 14 month old can get chickenpox from his dad if his dad has shingles. If this is the case, contact your pediatrician to see if any preventive therapy is indicated for your child. ...Read more

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If shingles is caused by chicken pox virus, why do they say let your kid get chicken pox or get the vaccine? Wouldn't that increase your risk of shingle

Risk benefit ratio: Prior to the vaccine we had about 10, 000 hospital admissions & 50 deaths/yr with chickenpox. Deaths have dropped to none in the vaccinated group. The frequency of shingles after the shot is less than that of wild disease. Shingles emerges when the persons immune system fails to keep it in hibernation. Though nasty, it is not a fatal disease but would be more frequent without the vaccine. ...Read more

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My daughter needs the chicken pox vaccine & 1 week ago a friend gave her kiss on cheek but he now knows his rash is shingles. Was she exposed?

Herpes Zoster: Herpers zoster (shingles) is the re-eruption of the chickenpox virus and is contagious primarily by physical contact with the blistery rash (linear streak on one side of the body)
. If there was no direct contact with the rash the chance of illness is not zero but is very, very unlikely. This exposure is not a reason to delay immunization for the varicella vaccine. ...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


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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