You can only get shingles if you had chickenpox and the virus becomes reactivated. Only 20% of people who have had chickenpox get shingles. It is not known why some people get it and others do not.
Some of the factors that make people more likely to get shingles are:
You are more likely to get shingles if you have a weak immune system. Conditions that raise your risk are:
Medications and Procedures
Certain procedures and medicines may raise your risk, such as:
- Radiation therapy
- Medicines that lower the immune system
People over age 60 are at higher risk.
White people are at higher risk than Black people.
- Reviewer: James Cornell, MD
- Review Date: 05/2018 -