Today I came into contact with a lady who was vaccinated this morning with ZOSTAVAX ( shingles live vaccine, containing varicella virus): she handled me a glass of water- that's about it, I was around her for a good 2 hours, every now and then we would talk- but no really close contac, and only then found out she've had it! I am still BF my 8 1/2 mo DD who just recovered from stomach virus- what are the chances of me contracting varicella and developing CP from it???? I would hate for my DD to be exposed so early in her life... :
There have been reports to Merck about Zostavax vaccinee's getting shingles and varicella, including reports of varicella in contacts. The reports that I've seen so far were relatives of the vaccinee though.
FTR, there are tons of reports of medical errors. Patients given Zostavax instead of Varivax and vice versa.
As I was tping this post- I did some research about the vaccine- this line shocks me the most: Even vaccinated you still can get shingles, it is not going to protect you 100%!!!! Why vaccinate in a first place?
I don't think she'd be contagious for a few days. Those viruses have to get in there and start replicating for a while before they'd make it "out". And if she's had CP before (which she almost certainly has) then she'll probably not become contagious at all since she's already technically somewhat immune.