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Can I get shingles or chicken pox from ma?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: From anyone

If you haven't had chickenpox (varicella) or the vaccine you can get it from anyone.
Pregnant moms-to-be who have had chickenpox will transfer passive immune protection to their fetuses before birth. This protection lasts about 6 months. Moms having chickenpox in the final week of pregnancy may pass the virus to their newborn infants. Neonatal chickenpox is very serious and dangerous.

In brief: From anyone

If you haven't had chickenpox (varicella) or the vaccine you can get it from anyone.
Pregnant moms-to-be who have had chickenpox will transfer passive immune protection to their fetuses before birth. This protection lasts about 6 months. Moms having chickenpox in the final week of pregnancy may pass the virus to their newborn infants. Neonatal chickenpox is very serious and dangerous.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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