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How do we get shingles?

Dear Chelsea:

Shingles is an infection caused by the

same virus that causes chickenpox. Once a

person has had chickenpox, the virus stays

dormant or "asleep" in the body. We are not

sure why, but in some people this virus

"awakens" later on and causes a painful

rash known as shingles.

You cannot get shingles from someone

who has shingles or chickenpox. But even

though shingles is not as contagious as

chickenpox, by directly touching their rash,

a person with shingles can give chickenpox

to someone who has never had chickenpox

before. For this reason, children and adults

who have not had chickenpox should avoid

visiting someone with shingles.
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Title Annotation:Ask Doctor Cory
Author:SerVaas, Cory
Publication:Children's Playmate
Date:Mar 1, 1998
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