Often shingles is referred to as “adult chickenpox”. Unfortunately, this name can lead to the misconception that shingles only affects adults. The truth is simple. If a child has had chickenpox, they can get shingles at any time.
After the immune system fights off chickenpox it lays dormant in a person’s body. That virus, varicella-zoster, can reactivate as herpes zoster (shingles) through your nervous system. It will then appear on the skin as a painful rash.