My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Ask Your Question

WebMD Answers

120 Characters remaining
120 Characters remaining
  • First, try and keep your question as short as possible.
  • Include specific words that will help us identify questions that may already have your answer.
  • If you don't find your answer, you can post your question to WebMD Experts and Contributors.


Posted: | Report This Report Question |

can the shingles vaccination cause an outbreak of shingles?

I am 54 years old and I had an extremely bad bout with chicken pox as a 7 year old child.  I have ordered the vaccination through my doctor, but I am wondering whether getting the vaccination will/may cause me to contract the disease?




Answers From Experts & Organizations (1)

Primary Care
6,467 Answers
72,988 Helpful Votes
The answer is NO. Although the vaccine contains a weakened, live virus, it is incapable of causing the disease itself.  You are wise to consider getting it. Shingles is not a pleasant disease, I can assure you.

For more information on this vaccine:

This answer should not be considered medical advice...down arrowThis answer should not be considered medical advice and should not take the place of a doctor’s visit. Please see the bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.up arrow

| Report This Report Answer

Was this helpful?


Thanks for your feedback.

34 of 38 found this helpful