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Hi RhondaR,

Sorry you have developed leg and back pain. I honestly don't see how exposure to someone who received a vaccine could cause the symptoms in you. The shingles vaccine contains weakened virus, enough for the person's body who receives it to cause a reaction in their body to build up immunity against it. The virus is the same as the chicken pox virus and that disease is only contagious during the rash/blister phase. This is from the CDC site

"Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, VZV, can be spread from a person with active shingles to a person who has never had chickenpox through direct contact with the rash. The person exposed would develop chickenpox, not shingles. The virus is not spread through sneezing, coughing or casual contact. A person with shingles can spread the disease when the rash is in the blister-phase. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious. A person is not infectious before blisters appear or with post-herpetic neuralgia (pain after the rash is gone)."

People with immune deficiency's should not receive the shot, but I have never read that those with immune problems should not be around someone else who got the shot. Cause and effect are funny things and it may be you have someone else going on that has occured that seems related. I hope you feel better soon. take care

April 15, 2010 - 4:14am


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