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Is shingles contagious to infants?

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Dr. Ronald Schubert

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Posted on Wed, 29 Jun 2016 in Infections
Question: is shingles contagious to a newborn
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
shingles contagious to newborn

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for contacting HCM with your health care concerns.

You are concerned about transmitting shingles or chicken pox to your newborn. The answer is yes. A new born's immunity is derived from the mother and so the amount of antibodies to fight infection is not developed enough to stop chicken pox. I would recommend keeping your child away from anyone that has shingles.

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