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Has anyone ever heard of this?!

On my local AP parent yahoo group, a mom posted that her 17mo DD has been diagnosed with shingles!

Apparently the baby had the ch pox vax at 12months, and now has developed shingles. In response to my post/questions for her, she posted that they are sure "it is shingles and not chicken pox because of the rash only being on one side of the body and having lines"

It is my understanding of shingles that it is usually only affects on nerve - like you would have outbreaks on one arm or one leg - but not both extremeties cuz that would involved multiple nerves. It is also my understanding that this is an adult disease - I have NEVER EVER heard of a child coming down with shingles - is this another "benefit" of the ch pox vax???

I am debating setting up a playdate so that DS can get chicken pox..... I know he could get a case of pox from shingles, but I guess I am just really freaked out over the fact that a baby has shingles.....Could it be something else?

I am double posting this in vax forum too.
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Heyla! There's some good info about shingles here: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/s...s/shingles.htm

Basically anyone who has had chicken pox (either wild or vax) can develop shingles. The virus that causes the pox never leaves your system after you've been infected but usually the body keeps it in check. If the immune system doesn't then you have a shingles outbreak.

The real problem IMO with the cp vax is that now-and-then exposure to chicken pox helps the body keep it in check. The vax means there are fewer and fewer chances to "casually" encounter chicken pox and get that boost. Which means that even if you had wild chicken pox your risk of shingles is increased by the spread of the vax.

I will add that as a child my neighbor's dd had horrible shingles, starting at around 4years. She had wild chicken pox. So yeah, anyone at any age can develop shingles if they've had the pox, but thanks to the vax it's getting to be a more common condition.

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When doing reading about vaccines and trying to decide if/when to do them I repeatedly came across statements about the wide spread use of the chicken pox vaccine leading to more cases of shingles and in younger populations.

In fact when I read the title of the post I thought "I bet that kid had the chicken pox vaccine."

I hope the little person has a mild case and it passes quickly.

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Poor mite.
I've seen a case of shingles in an 8mo: she was exposed to CP at literally days old, but only got a couple of spots. When her other brother came down with CP months later, she got shingles She was pretty poorly with it, too, IIRC.

This is probably not the time for a pox party, btw.

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My 17 mo old had shingles! She had HFM "diagnosed" at 4 mos old., She only had a fewspots, and Iw ouldn't have even bothered except we had seen a friend with a new baby, and I wanted to be sure baby was safe. I knew Celeste had CP and not HFM.

At age 17 mos, she developed a spot of "viral rash." Our regular ped said if it began to look worse, to call. The next morning, it looked terrible. Off we went to the dermatologists who were all AMAZED that my 17 mo old had shingles.
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my 5mo has just been diagnosed with shingles. she was exposed to cp at one week old when my older dds had cp. Esme had 3 bumps and no other symptoms. Last week we though she had scratched herself and got impetigo, but doc took one look at it and said shingles. I can't find anything on shingles in babies on the net, as it's so rare. especially as she's fully bf, and otherwise totally healthy. it's very upsetting for me, moreso because she has it on her eyelid and there is a danger of permanent eye damage.
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Carx2ie. I hope she gets better soon, and that there isn't any lasting repercussions. Better still, I hope the doctor is wrong...

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Dont know why y'all are assuming it has to do with the vaccine.

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-a...ases-your-risk

It's most common when the mother has chicken pox during pregnancy
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Dont know why y'all are assuming it has to do with the vaccine.

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-a...ases-your-risk

It's most common when the mother has chicken pox during pregnancy

Probably because shingles (herpes zoster) is one of the potential side effects listed on the package insert of the Varivax (chicken pox) vaccine.

http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_...varivax_pi.pdf

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The following additional adverse reactions have been reported since the vaccine has been marketed:
Body as a Whole
Anaphylaxis (including anaphylactic shock) and related phenomena such as angioneurotic edema,
facial edema, and peripheral edema.
Hemic and Lymphatic System
Thrombocytopenia (including ITP).
Nervous/Psychiatric
Encephalitis; cerebrovascular accident; transverse myelitis; Guillain-Barré syndrome; Bell's palsy;
ataxia; non-febrile seizures; aseptic meningitis; dizziness; paresthesia.
Respiratory
Pharyngitis, Pneumonia/Pneumonitis.
Skin
Stevens-Johnson syndrome; erythema multiforme; Henoch-Schönlein purpura; secondary bacterial
infections of skin and soft tissue, including impetigo and cellulitis; herpes zoster.
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Probably because shingles (herpes zoster) is one of the potential side effects listed on the package insert of the Varivax (chicken pox) vaccine.

http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_...varivax_pi.pdf
It is. Chicken pox vaccine uses a live virus, so like chicken pox infection it can cause shingles later.

I think the point was, why assume it is the vaccine when it can happen with either the virus or the vaccine?

Shingles in kids is not common, but not unheard of, and it has always happened to some unlucky kids from time to time. I think awareness of those cases is greater now thanks to the Internet. Before, a kid would get shingles and only the people in their life and a few people the story was passed to second hand would know about it. Now someone posts it on the Internet someplace like here and thousands hear of the case.

I think the jury is still out on whether the risk of shingles for those who get the vaccine is the same as for those who get the natural disease or not. I've read a few places that those with the vaccine are less likely to develop shingles than those of us who have the disease, but there is not enough data yet. On the other hand, the existence of the vaccine seems to be making those of us who had the disease more likely to develop shingles since repeated exposure to the disease helps remind our immune system how to fight it so it can better keep the virus hiding within us down, and we aren't getting that exposure since the chicken pox vaccine is keeping kids from getting the disease and exposing us.
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nak

i remember a girl at my elementary school with big keloid scars on her arms and legs...from shingles as an infant no lasting issues except the scars

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I had a really "bad" case of wild CP when I was 4 or 5 and when I was in 8th or 9th grade I got a very unpleasant case of Shingles. I don't remember my pediatrician being especially surprised and this was in the early 90s. I don't think it's terribly uncommon. It hurt and itched, but I recovered just fine and have never had it again.

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I think the point was, why assume it is the vaccine when it can happen with either the virus or the vaccine?

Why assume it isn't? The person I was responding to pretty much told us it couldn't possibly be the vaccine. Which isn't true, and that's what led me to point out that her assumption isn't completely accurate.
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My 14-month old has shingles. He had CP when he was 7 weeks old. Just two pocks. Now he's got shingles. It's a mild case, but still a real pain. It leaves me wondering why he got it now, does he have an immune deficiency, etc.

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A co worker of my DH wife came down with chicken pox during her pregancy the baby was fine but then came down with shingles a few months after birth probably because shs got the disease in urtero then the shingles as an infant. I got Chicken pox at around 6 months and I've gotten some form of shingles almost every other year since.. (though not since I had DD 6 years ago)

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Oh God, shingles every other year for your whole life? I can't believe that I let this happen to my baby.

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Oh God, shingles every other year for your whole life? I can't believe that I let this happen to my baby.
I also have a week heart do to a birth defect that put my immune system at risk and leavees me more prone to infection such as shingles than others. My out breaks over time became very mild annoying but not life threatening.

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My nephew had shingles just before he turned 3. My sister's pediatrician told her it couldn't possibly be from the vaccine but he had had no other exposure. I sent her info which she took to the doctor and after reading and checking the vax label/insert sheet he admitted that yes, it was in fact the most likely cause.

On a side note, when I was researching this I came across info that the spread of the vaccine in children has lead to the need to develop the shingles vaccine for adults. Used to be that adults got natural exposure over their lifetime from being around kids with wild pox and this gave their antibodies a boost. Now that that exposure is so minimized there has been an increase of cases of shingles in adults.
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Which means that even if you had wild chicken pox your risk of shingles is increased by the spread of the vax.
This doesn't really make sense. when you get chicken pox, wild or vaccine, it is a latent virus therefore stays in your body forever along your nerve pathway, when you are imunocompromised it can activate itself again as shingles. Having a "boost" from wild disease wouldn't prevent you from having shingles. It has more to do with being immunocompromised.

Interesting fact from the book Control of Communicable Diseases manual (2000)intrauterine infection and varicella before 2 years of age are also associated with zoster (shingles) at an early age. This is talking aobut wild disease, not vaccine.

As far as I know, unless new information has come out shingles occurs with vaccine, but is less common than wild varicella.
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My DH had Shingles as a baby....

He has scars on his face from them..

 
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Dont know why y'all are assuming it has to do with the vaccine.

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-a...ases-your-risk

It's most common when the mother has chicken pox during pregnancy
My sis was pregnant and had cp. When my nephew was born, he had a single poc mark on his cheek. At 6 mo. he developed a bad case of shingles on his left side, front and back. It was crazy, but not at all uncommon apparently.

Poor little ones.

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My son just turned 2 months old on April 16th...he has never been exposed to chicken pox and has not had the cp vac...yet he has a horrible rash all over him at first we was told it was newborn rash at 6 weeks old the rash became worse and blistered at 7 weeks we was told he had "Infant Scabies" I done the treatment on him and used the ointment prescribed to him and 3 days after treatment it became 5 times worse than it was...at this point we was told it did not look like scabies at all that they believe he could have shingles :(...I don't understand how he could get shingles with never being exposed to or having cp...they r giving him steroid shots and talking about running blood test...I'm scared to death that it could cause serious harm to my little 2 month old baby, if anyone has any information on how this could have happened please let me know...I can only pray he will be ok

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My Name is Cat...

 

One morning when I went to get my son from his crib, I noticed a mark on the right side of his forehead, my son was 8 months old at the time. I really didn't think anything of it and I began my daily routine. I was heading out to the health office to renew my health card when I leaned into the stroller to take my sons hat off so he wouldn't overheat, he had already been a little cranky in the morning but nothing our of the ordinary. He began to cry when I removed his hat and so, I reached into the stroller to take him out when to my utter surprise, I was mortified to see a strange mark running down the right side of my child's face. I was thrown back by what I saw and tried to figure out what was happening. I thought maybe he had been leaning on the side of the stroller when sleeping and it had caused him to have an indent on his face. I took him out of the stroller to try to console him but his cries became increasingly louder and much more intense. I laid him back into the stroller  so I could get his bottle and when I reached back into the stroller to get him again... the marks on his face had already spread further down the right side of his tiny body and now they were present on his right shoulder. I panicked and rushed my son to the hospital where I was quarantined, with my child, for the next 2 days.

 

The doctors had nothing to offer me, they were dumbfounded and began to run multiples of test. These tests included blood work, ultrasounds, x-rays, breathing tests, eyes exams, reflex tests, a visit from a neurologist, 2 paediatrician visits, full body check and finally, drug testing. I was overwhelmed and there was nothing I could do to console my crying child... they would not let me hold him but I was quarantined in the same room with him.

 

While at the hospital, these marks continued to spread, leaving the doctors with nothing but more questions. After 2 days of testing and everything coming back normal... the doctors concluded that my son was the first confirmed "Infantile Shingles" case in Toronto in 40 years. The doctor's began to explain that my son was considered to have been "atypical" for the chicken pox (virus with no visible symptoms) and that this virus had been triggered once again causing shingles.

 

My son is now in the Toronto Sick Kids training manual for doctor's and will remain a specimen of valued interest when being discussed by medical students.

 

To this day, my son is rarely sick. He might get the odd sniffles and maybe a stuffy nose but I can not remember the last time that we visited our family doctor for the flu... or illness.

I will note that my son is 5.5 years old and was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on August 2, 2013... I now question the validity of childhood vaccines.

Sincerely,

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I Had The Shingle Virus When My Mother Was Pregnant With Me She Had Chicken Pox. It is Very Painful And Embarassing to Have It growing Up As A Little Child. :(

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