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Can you get chickenpox more than once?

Page last updated 21 June 2018

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. NHS Choices. Can I get chickenpox more than once? Available at: (accessed 16 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0139a - Date of preparation May 2018