Shingles rise after varicella vaccination program

GP data have strengthened fears that Australia's childhood varicella immunisation program may increase the incidence of shingles in later life, backing the need for an adult zoster vaccine strategy.

Universal varicella zoster virus vaccination among children may have halved the number of cases of chicken pox, but herpes zoster prevalence has doubled over the past 15 years, the study of data from a Victorian GP deputising service found.

Since the varicella vaccine was