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Do I still need the shingles vaccine if I've had chickenpox in the past?

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Yes. The virus stays inactive in your body long after you’ve had chickenpox and can flare up as shingles.

From: Shingles Vaccine: Should I Get It? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

CDC: "Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccination," "Herpes Zoster -- Vaccine Q&As for Providers (Shingles)."

FDA: "FDA Licenses New Vaccine to Reduce Older American's Risk of Shingles."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

MedicineNet: A Painful Rash: Is It Shingles?

Oxman, M. , 2005. The New England Journal of Medicine

Medicare.gov: "Shingles shot."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 28, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

CDC: "Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccination," "Herpes Zoster -- Vaccine Q&As for Providers (Shingles)."

FDA: "FDA Licenses New Vaccine to Reduce Older American's Risk of Shingles."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

MedicineNet: A Painful Rash: Is It Shingles?

Oxman, M. , 2005. The New England Journal of Medicine

Medicare.gov: "Shingles shot."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 28, 2019

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