can a person get shingles if they have had chickenpos...


Can a person get shingles if they have had chickenpox disease or varicella vaccination?


Yes. The same virus that causes chickenpox (the varicella-zoster virus) causes shingles. For some people who have had chickenpox, the virus can become active again later in life and cause a painful rash with blisters called shingles.  

People can also get shingles after getting the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine. However, people who get the chickenpox vaccine are less likely to have shingles later in life than people who have had chickenpox disease.

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Date last updated: 
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013
Date last reviewed: 
Wednesday, Nov 01, 2017