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I never had chicken pox and have had one varicella zoster vaccine. Am I protected?

I never had chicken pox and have had one varicella zoster vaccine. Am I protected?

??zoster vac ??: In kids, 1 dose of chickenpox vaccine protects 90% & with 2 doses ~100%, if you only got one i would get a second . If you are over 50 and received the zoster vaccine to prevent shingles, that vaccine is of very high potency and should cover for both CP and shingles. ...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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I get shingles regularly. Can I have the varicella-zoster vaccine? I wouldn't think so since it's for prevention, but i've heard otherwise.

I get shingles regularly. Can I have the varicella-zoster vaccine? I wouldn't think so since it's for prevention, but i've heard otherwise.

Very unusual: It would be very unusual for a young person who is otherwise healthy to get shingles, let alone recurrent shingles. How has it been diagnosed? A viral culture may help define it with certainty. Please see your doctor as what you are describing isn't normal and should be investigated. If it truly is recurrent shingles then a search for the underlying cause needs to be undertaken. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Is it safe to give herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Moot point: There is absolutely no rationale for giving the zoster vaccine to someone with ongoing active zoster. ...Read more

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Can herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active zoster?

No: No, someone with active zoster will not benefit from the herpes zoster vaccine, which is used for prevention, not treatment. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the herpes zoster vaccine and gardasil?

What is the difference between the herpes zoster vaccine and gardasil?

HPV vs VZV - vaccine: Human Papilloma Virus is responsible for cervical cancers & a host of other (rare) cancers as well. Good to get protected against that -esp. if you're young. Shingles vaccine (herpes zoster vaccine) protects against the chickenpox virus that causes zoster or 'Shingles'. No one wants to get that, although the data suggests we have a 1/3 life time risk. I believe in prevention -both vaccines r safe ...Read more

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Could herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Could herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Why ?????: Giving the vaccine to anyone with active shingles would be a waste of time, resources and effort. It would not treat the infection or benefit the recipient in any way. ...Read more

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Does any one know anything about the herpes zoster vaccine?

Does any one know anything about the  herpes zoster vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: About 30 percent of the population eventually has herpes zoster. About 15 percent of them have involvement of the tissue around the eye which can leave some people visually impaired. The vaccine is about 80 percent effective. Given the frequency of infection and possible severity the vaccine is recommended for anyone over age 50. If you have had shingles it is unlikely that you will get herpes zos. ...Read more

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How does the varicella zoster spread?

How does the varicella zoster spread?

Spread by..: Varicella zoster (chicken pox, shingles, zoster) spread by contact exposure and very rarely by airborne droplets. ...Read more

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How would you explain what a varicella zoster (shingles) is in layman's terms?

How would you explain what a varicella zoster (shingles) is in layman's terms?

Recurrent chickenpo: When first infected with chickenpox (varicella) the virus remains alive in your nervous system for the rest of your life and for unclear reasons can recur, often in localized area of your body (on one side only). This latter rash is called zoster and a person who has never had chickenpox can "get" chickenpox from this rash, . ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Zoster Vaccine (Definition)

A vaccine that helps to reduce the risk of getting herpes zoster (shingles) in individuals 50 years of age and older. Zostavax is the only us licensed vaccine that reduces the risk of reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, the same one that causes chicken pox, and remains dormant in the body after ...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