I didn't see any evidence of this. I admit that I'm only having time for skimming, so I may have missed something. I'd appreciate a quote.
Study: Varicella Vaccination Has Long-Term Effectiveness - Page 2
Yes it is a trade off. And one I don't think is very clear cut in terms of public health policy. However, given that the us policy is what it is, the best chance i can give my child of not getting shingles is to get them vaccinated vs letting them be naturally infected.
Or you can take your chance that they do not get CP. No CP equals no chance of shingles. Wild CP does seem to be decreasing. It is a hard call.
Edited by kathymuggle - 4/4/13 at 6:20pm
Postherpetic neuralgia. For some people, shingles pain continues long after the blisters have cleared. This condition is known as postherpetic neuralgia, and it occurs when damaged nerve fibers send confused and exaggerated messages of pain from your skin to your brain.
Vision loss. Shingles in or around an eye (ophthalmic shingles) can cause painful eye infections that may result in vision loss.
Neurological problems. Depending on which nerves are affected, shingles can cause an inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), facial paralysis, or hearing or balance problems.
Skin infections. If shingles blisters aren't properly treated, bacterial skin infections may develop.
Complications of chicken pox:
Bacterial infections of the skin, soft tissues, bones, joints or bloodstream (sepsis)
Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)
Toxic shock syndrome
Reye's syndrome for people who take aspirin during chickenpox
Chickenpox and pregnancy
Other complications of chickenpox affect pregnant women. Chickenpox early in pregnancy can result in a variety of problems in a newborn, including low birth weight and birth defects, such as limb abnormalities. A greater threat to a baby occurs when the mother develops chickenpox in the week before birth. Then it can cause a serious, life-threatening infection in a newborn.
Info from mayoclinic.com
Yes, shingles is worse than chicken pox in adults.
"Research puts shingles and postherpetic neuralgia on a par with congestive heart failure, diabetes and depression for disrupting a person’s quality of life. Thus, shingles can have a major impact on morbidity, lost work productivity and quality of life in older adults."
Chicken pox can be (rarely) dangerous during pregnancy. As I consider fertilty issues the domain of adults, my unvaccinated daughter can make the call on whether or not to get vaccinated against chicken pox when/if she wants to start a family.
Edited by kathymuggle - 4/4/13 at 8:03pm