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If one gets the chicken pox vaccination, does this make them eligible for shingles in later life, or will it
prevent shingles in later life? I would very much appreciate an explanation on
Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the virus
that has caused chicken pox in person earlier in life. It reactivates by
inflaming the skin and nerve in the distribution of the a particular nerve of
Because the chicken pox vaccine stimulates the
immune system to attack the virus before it can cause the condition, it will
prevent chicken pox, and therefore, prevent shingles.
The chicken pox vaccination does not make a
person susceptible to shingles at any time of life.
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