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Question for those of you who have had

Shingles and/or
Shingles vaccination

Did you have chicken pox when you were younger?

I have never had the chickenpox and I have never had shingles, so I don't know how necessary the vaccination would be for me.


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From what I know
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you still need the Shingles vaccine even if you have not had Chicken Pox because more than likely you have been exposed to the virus.

They recommend everyone 50 years old or older receive the Shingles vaccine.

Call your doctor's office and ask to speak to a nurse. The nurse can advise you.
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I have never had the chickenpox and I have never had shingles, so I don't know how necessary the vaccination would be for me.
I've had two close friends who've had shingles and they were both in excruciating pain. One friend had shingles go over his head, into his eye and he lost most of the sight in that eye. My eye doctor even checked to see if I'd had the shot because shingles can cause blindness. My second friend had shingles across her back. She couldn't sleep or sit in chairs for months because of the intense pain. It seemed to be horrific.

No one wants to endure the shingles. I'd suggest that everyone gets the shingles shot.
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Old 06-30-2020, 05:45 PM
 
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My DD only had 4 or 5 pox on her body. It was summer and I thought they were just nasty bug bites. THEN sweet little brother broke out with pox everywhere. He had nasty quarter size ones on his back. High fever. Had the dr not seen both kids we would have not known DD had chicken pox.

All this to say you may have had a very mild case and not known you had them.
DD is now 50 and DS is 49 if that matters.
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Same thing happened in my family
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I had a horrendous case of chicken pox at age 6. My 5 yr old brother had 2 "bug bites" which got diagnosed only because of me. I would get the vaccine. You just never know.


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I had a horrendous case when I was 23, in my 9th month of pregnancy...uggh! I got the shingles shots last year.
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I had a moderate case of chickenpox when I was 12.

I am currently recovering from shingles that was on my chest and back. It was as bad as surgical pain except lasted longer.
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A friend had shingles on her face. It affected the roots of her teeth.

You should talk to your doctor about getting the vaccine for shingles. You should also ask about the chickenpox vaccine. It can be given to adults. Your doctor can advise you on timing.
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I have had both chicken pox and shingles
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I remember my chicken pox was all over every inch of my body. My Kids got it too. It did not seem like their cases were as bad as I remember mine.
I got shingles on a quadrant of my head. At 1st it itched bad. Then big sores burned. I had no clue what it was, went to a dr, took an anti viral ( I think), and got better.
My mom got the shingles vaccine about 5 years ago. She caught Shingles anyways months afterwards. They say shingles keep in a quadrant, but hers somehow spread around her back and front. She had 100x more than me, but hers never turned into big burning sores from what I saw and she told me.
The drs say you usually do not get them more than once. I hope they are right.
I'd def check with your dr b/c I was under the impression that chicken pox still lives in our bodies and comes out as shingles in some people later. If you never had them, the dr should know what to do. Also, were you vaccinated against Chicken Pox? That might make a difference. A dr would know.... Good luck!
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I have never had the chickenpox and I have never had shingles, so I don't know how necessary the vaccination would be for me.
Doesn't that make you the ideal candidate for the vaccine? You would not have developed natural antibodies if you haven't had either disease.

I had chicken pox when I was little --- maybe 18 months. Not sure. Apparently it was a light case.

I had shingles when I was 10 years old. I still remember, nearly 60 years later how very painful it was to have shingles. I missed quite a bit of school. My younger sister developed chicken pox after I developed shingles (the virus are related). Most of the kids in her kindergarten class developed chicken pox. (long before vaccine)

I had the shingles shot a couple/few years ago.
Despite my history with both chicken pox and shingles I was advised to get the shot.

I could tell you lots of stories of people with shingles and the lasting long term results.
I won't do that, instead I will tell you to get the shot.


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