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Chickenpox vaccine a mixed blessing Dec. 6, 2004<br>
Provided by: Canadian Press<br>
Written by: HELEN BRANSWELL<br><br>
MONTREAL (CP) - Wider use of chickenpox vaccine could produce two side-effects, one a blessing and the other a curse, infectious disease experts said Monday.<br><br>
On the positive side, there would likely be fewer cases of flesh-eating disease in young children. On the negative side, there could be higher rates of shingles among adults.<br><br>
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<b>It's believed that adults who have intermittent exposure to wild chickenpox virus get what amounts to a natural booster shot.<br><br>
If widespread use of varicella vaccine dramatically reduces the amount of circulating wild virus, immunity to the virus could wane in adults and more people could have flare-ups of shingles, it is believed.</b><br><br><br><span style="color:#0000FF;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><b>Yes, that's exactly right. So leave it up to Mother Nature!</b></span></span>
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">To me, it's absolutely not a reason not to start immunizing, because there's a burden with chickenpox with children.And the risk may be lowered, Law and Scheifele noted, by the introduction in the not-too-distant future of an adult chickenpox booster shot.<br><br>
Vaccine manufacturers have been studying the efficacy of giving adults a varicella booster as a means of preventing shingles. Findings are expected to be published sometime next year<br>
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more vaxes- that's what we need. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead">
 
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