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Can you get chickenpox twice?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If for some reason you don't producce an adequate immune response, especially in children with their first infection under 6 months of age, it is not unusual to get a second infection if you aren't later vaccinated on schedule.

In brief: Yes

If for some reason you don't producce an adequate immune response, especially in children with their first infection under 6 months of age, it is not unusual to get a second infection if you aren't later vaccinated on schedule.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Scott Katz
Typically the second infection is not as serious. Sometimes it is difficult to even recognize that it is a chicken pox infection.
David Miller
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Typically you can only get chicken pox once.
After that you can get a second type of infection from the same virus called shingles. Shingles is a painful rash that follows a nerve track along the surface of your body. The varicella vaccine can help to prevent both of these diseases. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/default.htm.

In brief: Not really

Typically you can only get chicken pox once.
After that you can get a second type of infection from the same virus called shingles. Shingles is a painful rash that follows a nerve track along the surface of your body. The varicella vaccine can help to prevent both of these diseases. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/default.htm.
David Miller
David Miller
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