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Who is at risk of contracting shingles?

Page last updated 19 January 2022

Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk of getting shingles.  Shingles most commonly affects older people, however it can occur at any age, particular in those who have weakened immune systems and/or have already experienced chickenpox earlier in life.   

Sources & Citations

1. Australian Government Department of Health. Shingles (herpes zoster). Available at: (accessed 08 December 2021).


MAT-AU-2102487  Date of preparation January 2022