Shingles vs Chicken Pox Vaccine Question

Patient

Q: My dr. gave me (male, 65) the shingles vaccine last week, even though I don't believe I've ever had chicken pox. I was a late life baby and all my sisters and brothers had the disease before I was born. His reasoning was that 99% of all adults over 60 had the disease even if they aren't aware. I had hoped to have a blood test first to determine if I carried the dormant virus. My question is can I get chicken pox from this vaccine if I have not yet had it, and how long would it take to recognize such. I have a 1 year old grandson who is not yet vaccinated and a 6 month along pregnant daughter, and I do not want to put them in jeopardy. Also, if I did not have chicken pox, will this vaccine do anything at all for me, or should I go back, have the blood work, then be vaccinated for the chicken pox? Every answer I found stops short in this topic and references the 99%, but if I am that 1% I do not want to put anyone else in danger.

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