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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

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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.?

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?

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?

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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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