Mothering Forum banner

1 - 7 of 7 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
15 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
<p>My selectively vaxed child goes to a cooperative preschool (parents take turns helping out in the class.) DC has not received the Varicella vax.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>There is a parent at the school who has developed a rash, and I was told this is "Herpes - the shingles kind".  Apparently it is contagious but only if this adult gets very close to the children and if the child has an open wound.  </p>
<p> </p>
<p>I have asked my ped for her inputs but meanwhile, I thought I'd check here as well.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>What is the worst case scenario?  </p>
<p> </p>
<ol><li>If this person has Herpes Zoster then could my child get chickenpox?  Shingles?</li>
<li>How would this person affect children already vaxed (everyone else in the class).</li>
<li>In the circumstances would you keep your child at home (if the infected adult insists on being around children).  Im not worried about DC getting chickenpox but nothing else.</li>
</ol><p> </p>
<p>I am frightened by what Im reading about Shingles etc - so I would be so grateful for some clarifications.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>Thanks SO much!</p>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,898 Posts
<p>If it is shingles an open wound would not be needed.  If it is shingles it can cause chicken pox in anyone, but not shingles.  Vaxed children would be assumed to be immune to the CP but might not be.  I would not worry at all about the exposure because it would only cause chicken pox.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>(All of my children have had chicken pox.  One has had shingles.  One has had chicken pox twice.  Two caught their CP from their brother when he had shingles.) </p>
<p> </p>
<p>Shingles is extremely rare in children and is not ever, for anyone, caused by exposure to people with shingles.</p>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
469 Posts
<p>i personally wouldn't worry about exposure, your child will not get shingles from shingles, they may get CP from shingles. i got cp from my grandmother when she had shingles, i probably had close contact but not an open wound. i don't think a child has to have an open wound for them to get CP from shingles or CP from CP. as far as effects on kids who are vaxed, depends on how 'well' the vax actually works. i would not keep my child home in a case where some one she may have contact with has/had shingles. and if she was already around that person, she's already been exposed. i don't see a parent wanting to come in and help out if they're sick. i will probably look to expose my DD at some point in the next few years and will probably be looking for adults with shingles which maybe easier to find than kids with CP. just my opinion since i'm not scared of the disease.</p>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
<p>Thank you both SO much for your replies - especially the Shingles clarifications, I am still learning about this aspect of the Zoster virus.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>I am also not worried about DC getting CP as such.   My worry is that DC is 2 yrs 10 mths old.  Isn't that a little too young to get it?</p>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
875 Posts
<p>Quote:</p>
<div class="quote-container">
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>cmftblynumb</strong> <a href="/community/t/1348079/exposure-to-adult-w-herpes-zoster-for-a-sel-vaxd-child#post_16915023"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><p>Thank you both SO much for your replies - especially the Shingles clarifications, I am still learning about this aspect of the Zoster virus.</p>
<p> </p>
<p>I am also not worried about DC getting CP as such.   My worry is that DC is 2 yrs 10 mths old.  Isn't that a little too young to get it?</p>
</div>
</div>
<p> If there was a perfect/ideal age, well personally I would put it at a bit older... but personally I would not be too worried about an almost 3yo.  </p>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,898 Posts
<p>I agree not to worry that 3yo is too young for CP.  Most families it ends up passed among different-aged siblings and they all are fine.  That's about the age my youngest was when she got it and it was a pretty boring illness. </p>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,940 Posts
<p>I think the PPs have already answered your original questions, but I wanted to add, for what it's worth, that my husband had shingles when my newest babe was a week old!!! He had been handling him like crazy before we found out what it was! Baby never got chicken pox. Neither did my oldest.</p>
 
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
Top