Should I stay away from my newborn grandchild if I take Zostavax?

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  • AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    It is safe to be around infants and young children, pregnant women or people with weakened immune systems after you get the Zostavax vaccine to prevent shingles. No cases of someone catching chicken pox from a person who has received the Zostavax vaccine have been reported. Some people who get the Zostavax vaccine develop a chicken pox-like rash near the spot on their arm where they got their shot. To be safe, this rash should be covered until it disappears.

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