2. Can you get shingles by being exposed to someone who has active symptoms of shingles?
No, shingles is not passed from person to person. Shingles may develop only after you have had an initial case of chickenpox. If you have never had chickenpox or have not been vaccinated and you are exposed to the virus for the first time by someone who has shingles, you could get chickenpox, but not shingles.
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