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Forum Name: Viral Infections

Question: Is a visiting relative with shingles a risk to our children?

 G-9 - Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:52 am

A close relative has had a trip planned to visit our home, scheduled to arrive in 3 days. Today that relative called to say 'she' has been diagnosed with 'shingles' as of 1 day ago. 'She' is taking prescribed antibiotics and does have an active rash on her left arm. She has not cancelled her vacation yet she was told she could not go back to work(she is a hospital administrator). We have two boys, ages 6 and 9, both have had varivax immunizations. Are they at risk of chicken pox if exposed to the visiting relative's shingles? Supposedly her Dr has cleared her to fly(but not to return to work?)?
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:37 am

User avatar Hello,Varicella vaccine is higly effective in prevention of chickenpox.But there could be a very small number of percentage of immunized children may develop a mild disease, yet be infective.More than children, adults not previously exposed to varicella,and immunodeficient people,pregnant women stand high risk.The immunized children would be quite safe.It is best your relative stays away for some time though the person is not as infectious as chickenpox patient.Best wishes.
 G-9 - Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:20 am

Thank you, Dr. Kamath, for the reply. Our relative's symptoms became more severe over the next few days and she canceled her travel plans..not only for her concerns for us but also those who she could have exposed her shingles to during her travels.
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:39 am

User avatar Hello,Now your relative will have to be careful about post herpetic neuralgia which could be painful indeed.Do ask her to take proper treatment.Good that the problem got solved.Good wishes to you and the kids.


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