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Old 05-29-2009, 10:17 AM   #1
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My MIL has shingles on her face and neck. She wants me to bring my kids out to see her, but I have a 10 month old baby who hasn't been vaccinated for chicken pox yet. MIL says the shingles have crusted over now and that she is safe for my baby to be around, but is that really true??? I don't want to offend her, but I really don't want my baby getting the chicken pox!

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Old 05-29-2009, 10:54 AM   #2
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Re: Shingles???

I don't know if this will help you make a decision or not but here is a story for you: My boss gave her baby Chicken Pox through accidental contact with her shingles. The baby had chicken pox for a short period and is just fine. My boss didn't want to take her out in public with all the little spots on her, but otherwise it was uneventful.

So, on the one hand, my boss does not have to have her vaccinated now that she has natural immunity, but on the other hand, it was an "average" case of CP. I think with any illness there are varying degrees of severity, so one never knows. Her baby was about the same age as yours at the time, maybe a little younger. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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