Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 22:19:17 -0400
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Subject: Re: Shingles Vaccine

	From: 	lucydillman**At_Symbol_Here**
	Subject: 	Re: [DCHAS-L] 2 Re: [DCHAS-L] Shingles Vaccine
	Date: 	May 23, 2008 1:50:40 PM EDT (CA)

I would like to add, just because you think you "did not have chicken  
pox" does not mean you will not have shingles.  My dad "never had  
chicken pox" but had a horrendous case of shingles that gave him pain  
for months on end.  I was sure I never had chicken pox, either, and  
after many scares being exposed to it, finally went and had a titer  
done, and sure enough, I had had it at some point in time, probably a  
subclinical case when I was one or two years old that someone thought  
was "just a pimple" or diaper rash.  I never forget having to play  
with all the kids who had it, trying to "get it over with" as a child.

Since I had a pretty good titer in middle age, I may or may not decide  
to be revaccinated to prevent shingles.  Perhaps I will ask for  
another titer at age 60.  I've known many people who have had  
shingles, and even those who received antiviral treatment promptly  
have suffered varying degrees of debilitation from it.

Lucy Dillman

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