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Can the shingles vaccine cause chicken pox?

Patient: I was just about to get my shingles vaccine at the pharmacy. I told the lady giving the shot (just before she injected me) that I did not know if I had had chickenpox as a child (I’m 62). How would I remember that? Anyhow, she said that I could get chickenpox if I received the vaccine. I don’t want chickenpox so I backed out. She was very upset as she had already mixed the vaccine, worth, she said, about $200 but no one told me the shingles vaccine could GIVE me chickenpox nor asked me whether I had had chicken pox as a child before signing me up for the shot. Please advise. Many thanks, Christine

 

 

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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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