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Can you catch shingles from other people?

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Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology
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In brief: Sort of

Shingles represents reactivation of VZV or chicken pox virus in someone who has already been infected.
If you have never been infected by VZV before or are not vaccinated for it, and you are exposed to someone with shingles you can easily end up with chicken pox. Then, later on in life, the chicken pox may reactivate in you and give you shingles.....

In brief: Sort of

Shingles represents reactivation of VZV or chicken pox virus in someone who has already been infected.
If you have never been infected by VZV before or are not vaccinated for it, and you are exposed to someone with shingles you can easily end up with chicken pox. Then, later on in life, the chicken pox may reactivate in you and give you shingles.....
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dr. Arlo Miller
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Not really

Chicken pox and shingles are of the same zoster virus.
If a person has no good immunity to the zoster virus (never caught chicken pox, is immunosuppressed, never got the vaccine, or got the vaccine but did not make enough antibodies) then he can get a case of chicken pox from the virus in the skin lesions of the shingles. He cannot catch shingles but can later develop it after he has chicken pox.

In brief: Not really

Chicken pox and shingles are of the same zoster virus.
If a person has no good immunity to the zoster virus (never caught chicken pox, is immunosuppressed, never got the vaccine, or got the vaccine but did not make enough antibodies) then he can get a case of chicken pox from the virus in the skin lesions of the shingles. He cannot catch shingles but can later develop it after he has chicken pox.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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