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Q: Can you get shingles more than once?

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Shingles is a painful disease caused by reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles attacks nerve cells and causes severe nerve pain and a skin rash over the affected nerve. Most people who develop shingles have only one episode; rarely a person will have a second or third episode. Vaccination can prevent shingles.

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  2. Shingles (Herpes Zoster). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/prevention-treatment.html