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Is it possible to catch shingles from someone who has shingles?
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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
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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management
In brief: No exactly shingles
Can get chickenpox which is the same virus that causes shingles.
If one has had chickenpox or the vaccine, then no.

In brief: No exactly shingles
Can get chickenpox which is the same virus that causes shingles.
If one has had chickenpox or the vaccine, then no.
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