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If i didn't have chicken pox , can I still get shingles?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Worrisome issue

Most adults that think they didn't have chickenpox will have antibodies that show they had an unrecognized infection.
Those that didn't are at risk of a severe case including a terrible & possibly fatal pneumonia, so vaccination is worthwhile. Vaccine recipients have a lower risk of shingles that those having the wild disease but shingles only occurs to those having chickenpox or the vaccine.

In brief: Worrisome issue

Most adults that think they didn't have chickenpox will have antibodies that show they had an unrecognized infection.
Those that didn't are at risk of a severe case including a terrible & possibly fatal pneumonia, so vaccination is worthwhile. Vaccine recipients have a lower risk of shingles that those having the wild disease but shingles only occurs to those having chickenpox or the vaccine.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Are you sure you did not have chickenpox as a young child and do not remember? You doctor can check for antibodies to the chickenpox virus.
If present that would indicate prior infection.

In brief: No

Are you sure you did not have chickenpox as a young child and do not remember? You doctor can check for antibodies to the chickenpox virus.
If present that would indicate prior infection.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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