Got chicken pox as an adult here. It was moderately serious, and the doctors were very happy my fever stayed out of the danger zone. But I likely have a gene helping with getting childhood diseases as an adult *.
I was exposed to it as a child, and was of the generation where you had chicken pox parties. I do remember my brother having chicken pox as a child. But, my measles vaccines were not until later - they were too new when I was an infant, and I had measles before them. Measles could kill too then, but I got them old enough it was not bad. And I wonder if this:
Measles Affects Immune System
Might explain why. My immune system may have “forgotten” the chicken pox immune response due to the measles after. The vaccines even had to be redone as an adult (I volunteered in an ER and they require titers to verify immune standing before entering the program). Mine were lower than required, so I’ve had MMR vaccines twice! And chicken pox, twice. And measles, once.
Then I got shingles.
My daughter noticed it was likely that before I did, and I got on an antiviral within the first couple of days. I also have a high pain tolerance. So, they weren’t bad, but I had mitigating circumstances.
So if you do get shingles, get on an antiviral ASAP.
I like vaccines! I would have had three uncles, but the first one died as an infant from childhood diseases. My grandmother had been told she would not survive to adulthood too but beat the odds. How can people forget all this so quickly? I’m not that old, and this is just one family’s story. I do not understand.
* My GP at the time surmised that the percentage of native ancestry I have may help, since most of those living now were ones that survived getting all the European diseases, mostly as adults. My immune system did handle adult chicken pox better than average. Much like many Europeans have genes that helped them survive the plague. And if people stop vaccinating, and antibiotics become less effective (a different issue) then I hope I got all the immune survival genes from every branch of my family tree! I may need them to see my grandkid grow up.