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Can you get chickenpox more than once?

Page last updated 10 December 2021

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. Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Varicella. Available at: (accessed November 2021).

MAT-AU-2102444  Date of preparation December 2021