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Can a small child of 3 get shingles?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

I have seen it as early as 15 months.
All it takes is a past infection with chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine. Statistically the vaccine has less shingles than the wild virus but it can happen. Reactivation in early childhood follows the same pattern that is does in adults although the subjective complaints of pain prior to eruption seems to be less prominent.

In brief: Yes

I have seen it as early as 15 months.
All it takes is a past infection with chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine. Statistically the vaccine has less shingles than the wild virus but it can happen. Reactivation in early childhood follows the same pattern that is does in adults although the subjective complaints of pain prior to eruption seems to be less prominent.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Shingles

Children who had chickenpox before age 1, whose mother had it late in pregnancy or who are immunocompromised have a higher risk for developing shingles.
REF: https://www.stlouischildrens.org/health-resources/pulse/understanding-shingles

In brief: Shingles

Children who had chickenpox before age 1, whose mother had it late in pregnancy or who are immunocompromised have a higher risk for developing shingles.
REF: https://www.stlouischildrens.org/health-resources/pulse/understanding-shingles
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