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Do I need shingles vaccine if I had chicken pox?

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Yes, even if you haven't had chicken pox, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the shingles vaccine (Zostavax, which was approved in 2006) for all adults over See also:
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age 60. Many older adults don't remember whether they've had chicken pox, but the CDC says that 99 percent of adults over age 40 have probably had it.

The shingles vaccine can prevent shingles or reduce its severity. You can get the vaccine even if you've already had shingles, to reduce your odds of getting it again. The older you are, the worse your symptoms tend to be.

Adults over age 60 who should skip the vaccine include those with:

  • Certain allergies (to gelatin or other vaccine components; tell the doctor if you have allergies).
  • HIV/AIDS or another infection that compromises the immune system.
  • Cancer, who are being treated with chemotherapy or radiation.
  • Other treatments that affect the immune system, such as steroids.
  • A history of cancer affecting the bone marrow or lymphatic system (such as leukemia or lymphoma).
  • Active tuberculosis.

All Medicare Part D plans cover the shingles vaccine, as do some private insurers.

 

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wildharleyeyes05 answered...

I WAS ALWAYS TOLD BY MY DR.MD SAID YOU CAN NOT CATCH SHINGS INLESS YOU HAVE HAD CHIKEN POX 1ST. ANOTHER WORDS BECAUSE ITS THE VIRUS FROM CHIKEN POX THAT CAUSES SHINGLES.BUT PEOPLE THAT HAVE HAD CHIKEN POX CAN GET SHINGLES.OR LOW IMMUNE SYSYTEMS.

 

 
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