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Do only adults get shingles?

Page last updated 19 January 2022

No. While shingles most commonly affects people over older people, it can occur at any age in people who have had chickenpox. In particular, it can develop in those who have a weakened immune system.  Older patients who get shingles are more likely to develop a complication called post herpetic neuralgia. This is a painful condition that can last long after the shingles rash has disappeared.

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 3 adults who contract chickenpox will develop shingles at some point in their lifetime. If you have a weakened immune system, your risk of getting shingles or having a more severe form of the disease is much higher.

Sources & Citations

1. Australian Government Department of Health. Shingles (herpes zoster). Available at: (accessed 08 December 2021).

5. National institute on aging. Shingles. Available at: (accessed 08 December 2021).


MAT-AU-2102487  Date of preparation January 2022