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I have pnemonia, I am on "z-pack" Am I contagious?

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I have pnemonia, I am on "z-pack" Am I contagious?
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When did you start the z pack?

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When did your symptoms begin?

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Is the person you are worried about infecting suffering from immune system problem, like you would see in a person on chemotherapy or having a bone marrow transplant?

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RickMD : I am online and happy to help you with your question today.
RickMD : When did you start the z pack?
RickMD : When did your symptoms begin?
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RickMD : Is the person you are worried about infecting suffering from immune system problem, like you would see in a person on chemotherapy or having a bone marrow transplant?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

No, but, I am around my grandchildren and other family members often,

and I don't want to expose them..I started Z-pack yesterday afternoon, I took two, and one today and 3 more , each one per day.

I think you will OK to be around your Grandkids and other family members at this point. You are already on day two of your Z pack and, since all these people can be expected to have healthy immune systems the risk that you would infect them is very small.
No need to lock yourself into your room. Feel free to get together with your loved ones and watch the Green Bay Packers beat Arizona tomorrow :-)
(By Wisconsin law I had to add that last part lol!)
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Dr. Rick,

THANK YOU, I had a few problems finding your answer, but..that's me and Tech.

you did answer my question.

My friend, is a little concerned because I was visiting them yesterday, PRIOR to the Dr. app. I did not hug, kiss, or touch the children, (ages,3 & 1 1/2 ) but I handed them a couple of gifts, ..Can they be at Risk? they are currently on antibotics for ear infections.

THANK you again.

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Kathy,
Sorry about the technical problems with the system. Our engineers are working on it :(
There is no need to worry. Kids are a lot tougher than you think they are. It is highly unlikely that you have infected anyone else.
The fact that they are already taking antibiotics makes the chance of they catching what you have even less likely.
I hope you feel better soon. Have a good weekend.
It's safe for you to press the positive feedback button now if you so desire. And, never fear, even after you press that button I don't go up in a puff of smoke -- I'll still be right here to continue helping you, but, as I do work for tips, I want to make sure you are happy before rating me.