Should the shingles vaccine be given to an adult who has NOT...

Question: 

Should the shingles vaccine be given to an adult who has NOT had the chickenpox OR would the chickenpox vaccine be the vaccine to have for an adult who has not had chickenpox ?

Answer: 

People eligible for the shingles vaccine should get the vaccine whether or not they recall having had chickenpox (varicella). Nearly all Canadians eligible for the shingles vaccine will have had prior chickenpox infection. 

In the rare circumstance that a person is known to be susceptible to varicella based on a previous blood test, they should get 2 doses of the chickenpox vaccine

It is recommended that you talk to your health care provider to find out which vaccines are recommended for you.

For more information on the shingles vaccine, see the HealthLinkBC File: Shingles Vaccine