Are People Who Had the Chicken Pox Vaccine Protected Against Shingles?
Maybe... but maybe not. Here's why you should still consider getting the shingles vaccine.
Alexea Gaffney-Adams, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York, discusses the relationship between chicken pox and shingles.
People who have had the chickenpox vaccine receive an inactivated version of the varicella virus. Some of those individuals will still have virus dormant in their body, even though they did not experience a chickenpox outbreak or chickenpox disease or illness. Some individuals, when they are inoculated with the chickenpox vaccine, will experience a local outbreak or a local area of blisters indicating that there was some presence of possibly not fully inactivated virus. In those individuals, we may see that they can also experience shingles outbreaks later in life. Those individuals would still also benefit from receiving a Shingrix or shingles vaccine.