Should I stay away from children if I have shingles

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The virus is spread by contact of blisters, when you cover your blisters well, the chance of transmission is little.
Shingles is not contagious; people can't catch shingles from you. But the virus that causes chickenpox does spread to others. If the children got chickenpox vaccinated before, it's fine.
Shingles is contagious. If you become infected, certain  must be taken to prevent the spread of the infection,  such as avoiding contact with people who haven’t had chickenpox or who have weakened immune systems,especially the children , and  frequent handwashing
Yes, you should be careful. Herpes zoster can spread through the respiratory tract and contact.

The varicella zoster virus can spread through direct contact with herpes zoster lesions which have not yet crusted over or via the airborne route over distances of greater than 3 feet. The risk of airborne transmission is increased in people with disseminated (widespread) herpes zoster or who have localized herpes zoster but have a weakened immune system. Therefore, individuals hospitalized for disseminated herpes zoster infections or who have localized herpes zoster but an increased risk of disseminated herpes zoster due a weakened immune system should be placed on airborne and contact precautions to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus to susceptible individuals.

There are several shingles vaccines that reduce the risk of developing shingles or developing severe shingles if the disease occurs.They include a live attenuated virus vaccine, Zostavax, in use since 2006, and an adjuvanted subunit vaccine, Shingrix
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