Can I Get Shingles From My Child With Chickenpox?
We recently had a question sent to us about shingles, and whether it can be transmitted if a child has chickenpox or was recently vaccinated. Check out the answer below! (spoiler warning, the answer is a definite no!)
Here are some other facts about shingles, and take the quiz about shingles to learn more!:
- The same virus that causes chickenpox causes shingles - the varicella-zoster virus
- Shingles does not spread from person to person
- Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus (the same virus that causes chickenpox). After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in the body. For some people, the virus can become active again later in life causing shingles.
- You can get chickenpox from someone with shingles if you are not immune to chickenpox
- You can't get shingles from someone with chickenpox disease