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Can you get shingles when you have chicken pox shot?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

The chickenpox vaccine was given routinely in Japan in the late 70's, a full 16 years before it was licensed in the US.
The combined experience in that country and the US has shown shingles does occur after the vaccine, but at a lower frequency than with wild chickenpox. Use of the newer zoster vaccines will likely continue to reduce the frequency in both, but it will take time to tell.

In brief: Yes

The chickenpox vaccine was given routinely in Japan in the late 70's, a full 16 years before it was licensed in the US.
The combined experience in that country and the US has shown shingles does occur after the vaccine, but at a lower frequency than with wild chickenpox. Use of the newer zoster vaccines will likely continue to reduce the frequency in both, but it will take time to tell.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Yes

Shingles is a re-activation of the pox virus although it tends to have a single dermatome distribution as opposed to an "all over the body" distribution as chicken pox does.
If you think you are getting a shingles outbreak it is important to seek treatment within the first 72 hours.

In brief: Yes

Shingles is a re-activation of the pox virus although it tends to have a single dermatome distribution as opposed to an "all over the body" distribution as chicken pox does.
If you think you are getting a shingles outbreak it is important to seek treatment within the first 72 hours.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine

In brief: Much much less

The advent of chickenpox vaccines in 1995 and more recently zostervax have reduced the incidence of zoster by about 90% since then.
The vaccines are still live-virus, but weakened viruses and so less likely to cause disease later on such as zoster...But we can't tell yet. So, odds are that you are about 90% less likely to get shingles with vaccines..Maybe more . Good luck.

In brief: Much much less

The advent of chickenpox vaccines in 1995 and more recently zostervax have reduced the incidence of zoster by about 90% since then.
The vaccines are still live-virus, but weakened viruses and so less likely to cause disease later on such as zoster...But we can't tell yet. So, odds are that you are about 90% less likely to get shingles with vaccines..Maybe more . Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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