Are me and baby safe? shingles question.

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  1. hulahoop09

    hulahoop09 Mum to lg and pg #2

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    Hiya

    So came into work this morn and my manager has shingles. Now i believe i had chickenpox when i was a baby and also about 4 yrs ago when my immune system was low. Are me and baby safe against shingles? I think i maybe but am still worried as i am obviously going to see my manager each day at work!

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    knitbit Well-Known Member

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    If you are immune to chicken pox, you are safe. If you aren't sure you are immune, go get an antibody titer. You do not want chicken pox while pregnant.
     
  3. hulahoop09

    hulahoop09 Mum to lg and pg #2

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    I thought it meant you are immune if you have had but ive had twice so not sure. Also would doctors just do a test like that, would take me a wk before i.can get in for one i think, Im a tad worried now!
     
  4. MamaBearX4

    MamaBearX4 Well-Known Member

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    Shouldn't your manager be off work while he is contageous? I would be upset about that and complain. Chicken pox is dangerous to anyone with a supressed immune system and I think ours are suppressed while we are pregnant.

    I would double check and make sure to ask questions.

    I should add that if you have had it, you should be fine but your manager should consider all those around him that he comes into contact with
     
  5. hulahoop09

    hulahoop09 Mum to lg and pg #2

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    She is here and asked if I had already had chicken pox and said I should be ok as I have had it twice but I am no questionning it! We work in a doctors surgery aswell!! I may call my own doctors and ask them or the MW. I am at the doctors in the morn also so may double check.


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  6. mum2be257

    mum2be257 Well-Known Member

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    glad this has come up as my sister has it at the moment, i also had it when i was younger but not sure if i am supposed to be around her or not?
     
  7. Pielette

    Pielette Mum to little men

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    I'm pretty sure that you can't catch shingles from someone else - they've got it because the virus remained in their system and became active again, if that makes sense?
    It is possible to catch chickenpox from them if you're not immune, but the risk is lower if it's shingles rather than chickenpox.
    I looked up this for you;

    https://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1110.aspx?CategoryID=54&SubCategoryID=137

    By the sounds of it you should be fine. Having said that I don't get why he's in work!
     
  8. hulahoop09

    hulahoop09 Mum to lg and pg #2

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    Thanks! I am not too sure why she has come in. I darent ask. Lol. It just had me worried because I have had chickenpox twice and was worried incase got it again while pregnant!!!


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  9. hulahoop09

    hulahoop09 Mum to lg and pg #2

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    I have just spoke to MW and she said its a bit unreasonable that the person came to work but I should be ok but to keep away from the person as much as I can!

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