Frequently Asked Questions

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

If you never had chickenpox and you are exposed to someone with shingles, you could get chickenpox -- not shingles. However, the shingles virus is not transmitted by someone breathing or coughing on you. You have to come in contact with the shingles blister fluid itself. Once the blisters scab over, the contagious period is ended.

Ask your healthcare provider whether the chickenpox vaccine would be advisable to prevent you from getting chickenpox.