FIL phoned today to ask that DP go visit him after work today. He then told me not to bring the kids over because he has shingles. While I am aware that it is a contact illness and I highly doubt DP will be sharing towels etc, aibu to think that if FIL has concerns that he may infect the children by them being present, that DP shouldn't go either and possibly bring the virus home? Or am I just being over cautious?
^It is not possible to catch shingles from someone else with the condition. The shingles virus is reactivated from a previous infection with the varicella-zoster virus (the virus that causes chickenpox) and is not transmitted by person-to-person contact. However, it is possible for someone who has never had chickenpox to catch chickenpox from someone with shingles^
Has your DH had chickenpox? Have the children? If everyone has had it, there is no problem. Perhaps your FIL thinks the children haven't had CP yet.
I was reading that article earlier, hence my concern.
I'm aware that you can't catch shingles itself but while I'm not 100% sure about DP, neither I or the kids have had chicken pox yet and that's not something I want happening anytime soon since we all still have the latest cold! It was more the chicken pox that I was concerned about. Sorry I didn't make that clear. My main thought was that if FIL thinks the kids shouldn't go over then surely we should all stay away incase we do end up with chciken pox in the house from DP's visit.
Pretty sure you need close contact from shingles to get chicken pox. If your Dh has had it it should be fine. Your fil might need help, it is a horrid illness esp for older people. Very painful and debilitating.
That was one of the reason's I made the post, from reading you would think as long as you weren't sharing towels or poking each other you'd be fine, but then people hold chicken pox parties and I'm assuming that's just kids playing as normal, so I was officially confused as usual!
And yes, DS2 is nearly 10 months, and I'd really hate for him to have to suffer with it, but I also don't want to be rude to FIL unessercerily by putting my foot down.