28th October 2019


Can a child who has had the chickenpox vaccine get shingles?

With the vaccine to protect against varicella zoster virus (VZV) now available, though, most kids can now avoid this infection. But anyone who has had chickenpox may later develop shingles — even children. The good news is that shingles is pretty rare in kids and teens with healthy immune systems.

Furthermore, can you get shingles if you had the chicken pox vaccine?

Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. You can't catch shingles from another person. However, a person who has never had chickenpox (or chickenpox vaccine) could get chickenpox from someone with shingles.

How effective is the chickenpox vaccine against shingles?

Research has shown 1-dose chickenpox vaccine to be 70-90% effective in preventing disease and 95% effective in preventing severe disease. Two doses of vaccine were 99% effective in preventing disease in children in clinical trials. Varicella vaccine is also very safe.

Can you get chickenpox after shingles?

Shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the same virus responsible for chicken pox: the varicella zoster virus. Even if you had chicken pox in the past, you can still contract shingles. Shingles is less contagious than chicken pox and cannot be passed from person to person.
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