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not sure if I had chickenpox - should I get the shingles shot

I am almost seventy and my parents are both gone, so I have no one to ask.

I was told that the test to see if I h expensivead chicken pox is quite expencive.

 

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 According to- Dr. Leslie Kernisan

"Yes, even if you haven't had chicken pox, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the shingles vaccine (Zostavax, which was approved in 2006) for all adults over age 60. Many older adults don't remember whether they've had chicken pox, but the CDC says that 99 percent of adults over age 40 have probably had it.

The shingles vaccine can prevent shingles or reduce its severity. You can get the vaccine even if you've already had shingles, to reduce your odds of getting it again. The older you are, the worse your symptoms tend to be."

 

Dr. Kernisan did go on to say there are some cases when the vaccine should be skipped, your doctor will be the best resource for telling you what is best based on your medical history.

 

Hope this helps!

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First get the test to check for immunity. If you never had chicken pox, it will show this. Getting the shingles shot is not a good idea if you have never had it-it is best to get tested first.

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