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Is shingles contagious?

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Yes. You can spread the virus that causes it (and chickenpox) to people who’ve never had chickenpox and haven’t been vaccinated for shingles.

You're contagious until all the sores have crusted over. Until then, avoid pregnant women who may not have had chickenpox or the vaccine, people with weak immune systems, and newborns.

The CDC recommends people 60 and older should get vaccinted, even if you’ve had shingles before.

SOURCES: American Academy of Dermatology: “Shingles: Overview,” “Shingles: Diagnosis and Treatment.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Shingles: What Is Shingles?”

CDC: “Chickenpox: Complications,” “Shingles Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know,” “Shingles: Transmission.”

Mayo Clinic: “Shingles: Definition.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Shingles: What are the Symptoms of Shingles.”

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 16, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Dermatology: “Shingles: Overview,” “Shingles: Diagnosis and Treatment.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Shingles: What Is Shingles?”

CDC: “Chickenpox: Complications,” “Shingles Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know,” “Shingles: Transmission.”

Mayo Clinic: “Shingles: Definition.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Shingles: What are the Symptoms of Shingles.”

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 16, 2019

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