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diagnosed shingles on 13th aug.kids at home aged 1 year n 3 years. my son isn't immunized for chicken pox.can patient cook food n hold kid?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Yes...: The key to preventing any transmission is LOTS of hand washing and avoid direct contact with the shingles lesions.
Dr. Ashu Syal
Dr. Ashu Syal commented
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 30 years experience
Shingles is not a contraindication to a mom taking care of her kids
Aug 24, 2015
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Can call Dr. today: If there is no good medical reason to avoid the vaccine, and if the son has not had chicken pox disease, he can get the vaccine today to help prevent catching the disease. That means an unvaccinated child can get the vaccine at the time he is exposed to the virus, as a way of preventing him from developing the disease. So, it's time to call the doctor.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Understand disease: Shingles differs from primary chickenpox in its method of transmission. The germ can pass from the debris that comes from the sores but not your saliva or airborne after a cough.Fastidious care to avoid contamination can reduce the risk for the kids, but immunization is still their best mode of protection.
Dr. Aruna Bakhru
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
I would also add, relax! Only direct contact with the sores is the cause of transmission in shingles if at all, also chicken pox is not bad even if the child did get it unless the immune system is compromised. A healthy child will get over it fairly easily.
Aug 24, 2015

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