Shingles link to kids’ varicella vax unclear

THE burden of herpes zoster continues to rise but it’s not clear if childhood varicella vaccination is contributing to the increase, Australian researchers say.

A study analysing data from GP consultations, prescriptions and hospital admissions found a 15—20% overall increase in zoster incidence between 2000—06 and 2006—13.

The authors said that the rate of increase did not change markedly after the introduction of universal varicella vaccination for children in 2005.

Co-author Professor Tony Cunningham,