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|A study of more than 170,000 children 12 and under who got Merck & Co Inc's chickenpox vaccine between 2002 to 2008 found only 122 cases of shingles or 1 case in 3,700 children who got the vaccine,.../B]|
|Before the introduction of Merck's vaccine in 1995, the rate was 30 cases per 100,000 people per year. (not clear if that is general population or just children)
Tseng said it is not clear if children who get the vaccine will have any protection as adults, even if they get a now-recommended booster shot.
|The chickenpox vaccine does not appear to increase the risk of shingles among children or adults vaccinated with the chickenpox vaccine.
Studies have found the incidence of herpes zoster after natural chickenpox infection is 68 cases per 100,000 among healthy children under 20 years old (Guess, 1986) and 215 cases per 100,000 for all ages (Donahue, 1995).
In contrast, the rate of shingles among children following the varicella vaccine is estimated to be 18 cases per 100,000--(Dept of HHS, Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. 7th Edition, Guess, 1986).
Jennifer, Naturopath and mom
do we even have numbers for shingles-in-children previous to the vaccine?
Jennifer, Naturopath and mom
try this link instead for that article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=18999945
These two studies refute the idea that unvaccinated children don't get shingles and that exposure to varicella prevents shingles in elderly.
I'd be interested in an analysis of these studies since they contradict the comments here. Are these studies flawed? Not representative of the literature?
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