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If you have had chicken pox in the past you are immune to the virus.
If someone has had chicken pox in the past that would make her immune and they cannot get chicken pox.
So a patient with shingles is no threat to an immune person.
Let me know if you have more questions.
Just to confirm then if I have had chicken pox I am immune to shingles?
you are immune
So last question - my daughter has had chicken pox and she got shingles so how does that add up?
Actually what happens is that when one has had chicken pox in the past the virus hides in the nerves.
So the person himself/herself can get shingles in future.
But not chicken pox again.
The virus reactivates in the body causing shingles.
A person who has never had chicken pox or a person who is not immune can get chicken pox from her.
But not a person who has already had chicken pox.
Sorry being dumb here - so what causes it to reactivate as shingles?
It can happen due to reduced immunity such as that seen in pregnancy.
Any number of causes can reactivate the virus.
Sometimes the cause cannot be determined.
Thanks so I am at no risk of passing on chicken pox to my clients as I have already had it. If I had reduced immunity at the moment I could possibly get shingles from my daughter?
One cannot get shingles from another person.
The virus that is already present in oneself is activated.
Thanks that is the definitive answer I wanted. Great¬