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should people with ckd 3 be vaccinated for herpes zoster?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Yes: Always ensure it is a killed-virus vaccination, but yes, we do recommend vaccination.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
This vaccine is live, attenuated virus but those with chronic kidney disease can be and should be vaccinated once they reach the appropriate age.
Nov 16, 2012
Dr. Michael Silverman
Specializes in Infectious Disease
Agree if over 50: It is actually a live virus vaccine..Not a killed virus.

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What is a safe way to treat shingles during pregnancy?

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for 7 days: Shingles is when dormant chickenpox virus reactivates and causes painful blisters on limited areas of your skin. It will often appear with pregnancy and other immunocompromised states. Shingles is not dangerous to your unborn baby. The best treatment is oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) for seven days. Valtrex is a prescription drug and is felt to be safe to take in pregnancy.
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Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

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Not really: Herpes virus types 1 and 2 are contagious, mainly by direct contact with an infected person's sores. A never-infected person, without protective antibodies, could catch herpes from a patient with herpes encephalitis, but he would likely just get a typical herpes infection and future recurrences of sores. It is very unlikely that he would get herpes encephalitis, because encephalitis is quite rare.
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Are there people who get shingles without a rash?

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Shingles: I have seen many cases of shingles. Some times the rash is more prominent than others. But I have never seen a case without some form of rash.
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Can you contract oral herpes from contaminated food?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
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Herpes: I do not believe so. The virus would need a open sore, crack or cut to enter the body. Could a herpes virus live on food and then brush over a open sore on someone else say for instance sharing a bite on a utensil? Yes , i believe it could be transferred.
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I think I may have oral herpes -- can it be spread to my bf's genitals?

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Herpes spread: Absolutely, that is how it is spread. If you have a active lesion and the virus enters through his skin or tissue he will be infected. Be open and honest with him and he will respect and love you for this.

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