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Can children get shingles?

It's possible for people of any age to get shingles, but it's rare among children. Anyone who has had chickenpox has the potential to develop shingles later. Generally, though, the virus stays dormant in your body and doesn't resurface until many years later. Because of this, it's most common among adults older than 50 and among people with weakened immune systems.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Shingles primarily afflicts adults, but children can develop this painful condition. A child is most at risk for developing shingles if his or her mother developed chickenpox late in her pregnancy. If a woman gets chickenpox between five and 21 days before giving birth, there is a small chance that her child will develop shingles before age five. The reason is that the child's immune system may not be strong enough to control the virus that causes shingles.

Call your doctor right away if you think your child might have symptoms of shingles.

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