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No.  You cannot get shingles from another person. Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (the same virus that causes chickenpox). When a person is first infected with the varicella-zoster virus, they get chickenpox.

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In 2004 chicken pox vaccine was available to susceptible children at school entry and in Grade 6 (those born in 1999 and 1993 respectively). In 2005 it was added to the infant schedule at 12 months (infants born on or after January 1, 2004). Starting in 2005 there was also a catch up program for susceptible children 18-48 months.

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If one of your children has chickenpox (varicella) it can easily spread to other members of the household who have not already had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine.

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