Chickenpox, shingles and vaccines: Expert shares what you need to know | HSC News
Anyone who has had chickenpox in the past can develop shingles; even children can get shingles. Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. The virus that causes shingles, varicella zoster virus VZV can spread from a person with active shingles and cause chickenpox in someone who had never had chickenpox or received chickenpox vaccine. Most people who develop shingles have only one episode during their lifetime. However, you can get the disease more than once. A person with active shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. You are not infectious before the blisters appear.
What's the difference between chicken pox and shingles? Should I get the vaccine? Find the answers to your questions here.
Most adults had chickenpox some time in their childhood. If they remember anything at all about it, they remember itchy spots and maybe a little extra care from mom. In many people, the virus flares up again years later as a nasty case of shingles.