How did you prevent the risk of shingles during your pregnancy?
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Can shingles in pregnancy be prevented?
If you have had chickenpox in the past, you have been infected with the VZV
and there is no absolute way to prevent shingles. However, you cannot catch
shingles from someone else that has shingles or chickenpox if you have had
chickenpox or have immunity to the chickenpox virus. However, pregnant women who
have not had chickenpox may catch chickenpox from someone with shingles or
chickenpox. Chickenpox infection during pregnancy can be dangerous to the unborn
baby, so it is important to avoid contact with people with shingles or
chickenpox if you have not had the condition or the
Children in the US today are typically
vaccinated against the VZV (chickenpox
vaccine). A vaccine to prevent shingles (Zostavax) is also available that
reduces the incidence of shingles by about 50%, but the vaccine cannot be taken
by pregnant women. Women who receive the Zostavax vaccine should wait at least 3
months before attempting pregnancy.