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Can you get chickenpox more than once?

Page last updated 09 April 2020

Yes, it is possible, but extremely rare. Most people who have had chickenpox will never get it again.

After the initial infection, the virus lays dormant in the nervous system and more commonly manifests later as shingles.

Sources & Citations

1. Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Varicella. Available at: (accessed 20 February 2020).

5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chickenpox (varicella) transmission. Available at: (accessed 16 April 2018)

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0139(1)a - Date of preparation February 2020