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How many times can a child with a low immune system catch the chickenpox?
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Default How many times can a child with a low immune system catch the chickenpox? - 01-25-2009, 04:38 AM

My just got over the chickenpox in December.Can she catch them again 2 years later and then get over them and then another 2-3 years catch them again and so on and so on?
   
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Default 05-14-2009, 11:19 PM

That's really unlikley. Most people only get it once. Some people do get it twice, but only if they have had a mild case the first time. I have never heard of someone getting it more than twice... but that's not to say that it's impossible. It is possible to get shingles over and over again, which is a much more likely in someone with immune supression. The chicken pox virus never really'dies'. When it finally goes away, it is really just lying dormant in one of your nerves. Your immune system is usually enough to keep the virus from causing any problems. But, with people who have a immune supression the virus can'wake up'and cause shingles.
   
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