A 35-year-old member asked:
could you get chickenpox from someone who just received the shingles vaccine?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Michael Sparacino answered
37 years experience Family Medicine
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
25 years experience Psychiatry
Rare: If you develop a rash after vaccination with Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) it is best to cover the rash until the lesions have crusted over. The same virus causes shingles and chickenpox (Varicella Zoster). Zostavax contains weakened chickenpox virus. It would be possible (but rare) to infect someone who has never had chickenpox and who has a weak immune system.
Answered on Sep 17, 2014
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