Ask the Doc - Audrey Liu, MD, Internal Medicine: Shingles Vaccine and Chickenpox
Q: Since the cause of shingles is the chickenpox virus that stays in the body, can/should Zostavax (the shingles vaccine) be given even if I've never had chickenpox before?
Dr. Liu: You can be given Zostavax even without a clear history of chickenpox. Studies have shown that most people born before 1980 have had chickenpox, whether or not they recall actually having the infection.
Dr. Audrey Liu is an internal medicine physician who practices at the Holy Cross Medical Group Pompano Beach Practice.