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It seems like so many people I know have been getting the shingles lately.

I was talking w/ a friend, who happens to be a nurse, and she says that she has been seeing shingles on the rise. But WHY?

She says that as adults (who have already had the chicken pox) are exposed to kids w/ the chicken pox (an airborne disease so you can be exposed just by going to walmart) that you are basically getting a "booster" to your natural immunity, therefore suppressing shingles.

But now that kids are being vaccinated against chicken pox and rarely getting it, adults are missing their "boosters" and then at a higher risk of getting shingles.

Have you ever heard that?

by on Nov. 9, 2012 at 11:25 PM
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Basherte
by on Nov. 11, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I haven't heard of this.

I'm hearing of people a lot younger than 60 getting shingles. I don't think I've heard of too many that were getting shingles being over 60.


EthansMomma2010
by on Nov. 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Yes and I've had shingles. I'm sad that u vaxed my sonbefore I knew better.
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LuvMyBoy08
by on Nov. 11, 2012 at 2:25 PM
I had shingles last summer......VERY painful
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CrazedMomof2
by on Nov. 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM
My husband who is 35 had them 2 years ago.

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mp3mom
by on Nov. 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM

No... but that's the last thing I need.

momof3_dll
by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 12:03 AM
My ex who is 36 has had shingles twice...once when he was 33 and then 35.
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SabrinaLC
by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I think I've heard that before.


LindaClement
by Gold Member on Nov. 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I have heard of that... I've also heard it discredited.

The herpes zoster virus, once acquired, lives in your spinal column. That is where shingles comes from. No 'booster' even starts to make sense.

FlyingMommy747
by Member on Nov. 12, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I do know of several people who have had shingles in the past couple of years.  I had chicken pox as an adult when I was 25, so I am at a higher risk.  Since my insurance covers it, I went ahead and got the shingles shot, better then nothing.

Sisteract
by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Yes, I did know this.

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