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Question : I am getting the shingles vaccine tomorrow. How many days should I stay away from my grandkids?
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Howard LeWine, M.D., is chief editor of Internet Publishing, Harvard Health Publications. He is a clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. LeWine has been a primary care internist and teacher of internal medicine since 1978.

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there has never been a case of the virus from the shingles vaccine spreading to another person.

So you don’t need to stay away at all. You can be with your grandchildren immediately after getting the shingles vaccine.

It’s rare to get a rash after the shingles vaccine. But if this happens, the CDC recommends keeping the rash covered when around anyone with an impaired immune system. This is the same advice for people that have a new outbreak of shingles.

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