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is it safe for someone who has received the zostavax vaccine to be near a newborn? if not, how many days should they wait before it is safe again?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Likely safe: If the mother of the newborn has had chickenpox then the baby has passive immunity for some time. Additionally, secondary spread of this weakened vaccine virus does not occur much at all.
Answered on Mar 10, 2013
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Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
It is safe: According to CDC there is no risk of infecting anybody with the virus including pregnant mothers and newborn babies,immdiately after receiving the Zostavax vaccine
Answered on Mar 20, 2015

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