Can I get shingles more than once?

Yes, it is possible to get shingles more than once. The virus that causes shingles, varicella-zoster virus, can lie dormant in the nerve root and reactivate when the host is susceptible or immunocompromised 1. According to Dr. Paul Lee, Dr. Hiroyuki Ueda, and Dr. Sumit Kapoor, it is possible to get shingles multiple times, although it is very uncommon 1If you have already had shingles and are experiencing similar symptoms again, it is important to seek medical attention as early intervention can reduce both the severity and duration of the disease 1.

The risk of shingles increases with age and weakened immune systems 2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people over age 50 receive 2 doses of the shingles vaccine to help prevent the disease and its possible complications. The CDC also recommends the 2-dose vaccine for anyone aged 19 or older who has a weakened immune system 1.

In conclusion, it is possible to get shingles more than once. If you have already had shingles and are experiencing similar symptoms again, it is important to seek medical attention as early intervention can reduce both the severity and duration of the disease. The risk of shingles increases with age and weakened immune systems. The CDC recommends that people over age 50 receive 2 doses of the shingles vaccine to help prevent the disease and its possible complications.

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