Once you have had chickenpox, VZV remains in your body’s nerve tissues for the rest of your life, alive but inactive. So, to your question: Since you never had chickenpox, should you get the shingles vaccine? Do I need the shingles vaccine if I’ve already had. If you really want to know whether you have had chickenpox before, your doc can order a test for IgG anti-varicella ( chickenpox) antibodies. If my roommate has shingles, should I get a shingles vaccination? Chicken Pox: I’ve never had chickenpox, so I don’t have immunity to it. If you haven’t had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine, it’s possible to get the zoster virus through direct contact with the shingles rash. My doctor is saying that I should NOT get the shingles shot if I’v never had chicken pox! I was lucky to have had such a mild case, and I’ve learned in the past year that yes, another vaccine is recommended.
We seem to have had a rush of them in the last few months – in August last year I wrote about the new plans to immunise all children aged two to 17 against flu every year; in September it was the turn of pregnant women, who are now being advised to get immunised against whooping cough. Once you’ve had chickenpox, the virus can live on in the nerve roots next to your spine. The questions visitors have found most helpful are nearest the top. The problem is that I don’t think I’ve ever had chickenpox. I raised four children and did day care for 30 years and the children have had chickenpox, but I never got it. If you have not had chickenpox, Zostavax would be expected to confer immunity against chickenpox, which would then protect you against a possible future outbreak of shingles.
If you’ve had the chicken pox vaccine, can you still get shingles? I do, however, want to add a few points of information in response to readers’ very good questions:. Q: What are the risks for someone who never got chicken pox as a child? Find out why the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine for children may very well be causing a shingles epidemic which is heading straight at the U. Historically, many medical products have not been tested for use in children, leading to an increase in adverse events and the use of ineffective products. If you do develop shingles, as I mentioned earlier this summer, you can use topical honey to treat shingles symptoms and it appears to work better than the drugs. Its benefits are greatly exaggerated, while the long-term side effects have yet to be determined.
At age 52, I’ve been on the fence for a while about getting Zostavax, the shingles vaccine. Though the FDA approved it in 2006 for virtually everyone over 50, Zostavax has been slow to catch on, hindered by supply shortages and other challenges. I knew that if you do get shingles, you need to get it treated promptly. I never had a chicken pox shot complete rubbish. Mass vaccination of children for chicken pox has apparently triggered a large increase in shingles in the adult population. When we were children most of us got the chicken pox infection, also called varicella. If we live to be 85, more than half of us will get shingles. A. If you really never had chicken pox as children, you can’t get shingles as adults. I want to know if I can go ahead and get a second shingles vaccine. I’ve had a couple friends who had severe cases of shingles & they told me get the shot: we’ve spent more on the meds to get better than if we’d had the shot. An Adult can get Chicken Pox’s if they never had it as a child. I’ve been tested multiple times for everything and am perfectly healthy but for the shingles outbreaks around every 3 mos or so. Shingles is not contagious, but it can still infect a person who hasn’t had chickenpox. This finding suggests that children who do not get the chickenpox vaccine may still end up with natural immunity not needing it at all. Further studies are needed to be conducted on this and if revaccination is required four years after vaccination. (30 years ago) was if you had Chicken Pox you would NEVER get Shingles!
Lingering Questions And Answers About The Shingles Vaccine
Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It can spread easily. You are at risk for chickenpox if you have never had the illness and haven’t had the chickenpox vaccine. If someone you live with gets chickenpox, your risk is even higher because of the close contact. You can prevent chickenpox with the chickenpox vaccine. Children get the chickenpox vaccine as part of their routine immunizations. In fact, you can’t get shingles unless you’ve had chickenpox (or, rarely, chickenpox vaccine). If you live to be 85, there is a 50 chance that you will have had shingles by then. We will never have 100 reliable perfect evidence. However, if I’m wrong or if I’ve misunderstood your point, please elaborate. But the universal varicella vaccination program in the U.S. will nearly eradicate this natural boosting mechanism and will leave our population vulnerable to shingles epidemics. We would have been far better off if the chickenpox vaccine had never been invented, because virtually everyone was naturally immune to the disease. I’ve had shingles 3x. Several people brought up the shingles and pneumonia vaccines and I think it’s a good idea to be sure we. But if you received the PPSV23 vaccine at age 65 or older, you will never need a booster. If you never had chickenpox, you’re home free – you can’t get it so go take a walk or read a book instead of finishing reading this post. I’ve had recurrent episodes throughout adult life.
And the shingles vaccine, approved for those age 60 and older, can lower your chances of getting it. That turned into the worst pain I’ve ever had – a deep nerve pain. Note, too, that you aren’t going to catch shingles; exposure to someone with active shingles is only a danger if you have never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine, or if your immune system is seriously compromised, dermatologist Paula Bourelly says. You cannot get shingles unless you have had chickenpox (varicella zoster), but most of us have had this illness at some point in our lives, even if it was too mild to notice. Doctors say you can’t get shingles if you’ve never had chicken pox. We provide the shingles vaccine to people 50 years of age and older at the lowest price in London: 160 (inc. consultation). Anyone who has had chickenpox can get shingles. Do I need the shingles vaccine if I’ve never had chickenpox? My understanding is that the chicken pox vaccine must have booster shots to keep immunity up. The shingles vaccine is just a higher does of the chicken pox vaccine, right? I know I must not understand something because it just seems easier to get chicken pox as a kid then get the shingles vaccine if needed. It’s been a while since I’ve done my research so some of the specifics may be off a bit but here is what I learned (although now that I’m writing this I’m looking up some things to satisfy my own curiosity:. A person with shingles can spread the virus to others who have never had chickenpox or received the chickenpox vaccine. Shingles is caused by the Varicella Zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. However, a person who has never had chickenpox (or chickenpox vaccine) could get chickenpox from someone with shingles. If I’ve already had shingles, should I get the vaccine so I don’t get shingles again? Zostavax, like all vaccines does have minor side effects including pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, headache, fatigue, and mild discomfort. If you have had chicken pox like me, then you have dormant virus particles lurking about in nerve cells near your spinal cord. You will never get chicken pox and, consequently, you can’t get shingles. I’ve got VZV in my nerve cells, I turn 50 next January, and I have never encountered a child with chicken pox.