Varicella vaccination reduces childhood shingles

Large US study looks at 6.3 million e-health records

Children vaccinated against chickenpox are much less likely to develop shingles, according to a US database study covering more than six million children.

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Although herpes zoster in childhood is rare, varicella vaccination has reduced it even further, the researchers say.

In a study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they found the relative risk of developing zoster was 78% lower among children who received the varicella vaccine than those who went unvaccinated.

While vaccinated one-year-olds had a 140% higher relative