Chickenpox Vaccine May Lower Risk Of Developing Shingles In Kids

chickenpoxAccording to the U.S. researchers, kids who get vaccinated against chickenpox may have a lower risk of developing shingles.

After studying 170,000 children of age 12 and under who got Merck & Co Inc’s chickenpox vaccine between 2002 to 2008 found only 122 shingles cases or 1 case in 3,700 kids who got the vaccine.

Shingles is a painful recurrence of the chickenpox virus, which can lurk in the body for a life time. This infection starts usually with a rash on the face or body, and causes pain, tingling or itching.

HungFu Tseng, a research scientist and epidemiologist at Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, California says that the message to parents and pediatricians is: vaccinating your kids against chicken pox to reduce the risk of shingles.

Source: Reuters

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