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A 49-year-old member asked:

My dad has shingles. can my young children catch it?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Maybe: Shingles is the emergence of hibernating germs from a past case of chickenpox. It is not as contagious as Cpx, not passing in saliva or a cough, but the germs in the weeping debris could cause Cpx. If your kids have had it or the vaccine, they are immune. Good hand washing and covering the wounds can prevent germ spread. The kids won't get "shingles" from your dad.

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