Shingles

Frequently Asked Questions

6. I have never had chickenpox. How careful must I be to avoid getting shingles from somebody?

Unlike chickenpox, with shingles, the virus is NOT transmitted by someone breathing or coughing on you. You have to come in contact with the blister fluid itself. Once the blisters scab over, the contagious period is ended.

If you never had chickenpox and were exposed to someone with shingles, you could get chickenpox -- not shingles. Ask your healthcare provider whether the chickenpox vaccine would be advisable to prevent your getting chickenpox.