Shingles, Triggered by the Chicken Pox Vaccine

shingles-childShingles in a young child.

Shingles is extremely painful and is, unfortunately, chronic. Since the introduction of the chicken pox vaccine, shingles occurs in young children now – it is no longer a condition of the elderly like it has been for centuries. Children that are vaccinated against chicken pox are now coming down with shingles. And because it is chronic, this painful rash and the scabs that go along with it occur throughout the persons life.

Natural immunity to chicken pox allows the virus to stay dormant in the body. It is nature’s way of allowing a person NOT to get shingles. Your natural immunity gets asymptomatically “boosted” by coming into contact with infected children, who are recovering from chickenpox. This natural “boosting” of natural immunity to the varicella (chickenpox) virus helps protect you from getting shingles later in life.

The incidence of adult shingles has increased by 90 percent from 1998 to 2003, following the release of the chickenpox vaccine for mass use. Shingles results in three times as many deaths and five times as many hospitalizations as chickenpox, and accounts for 75 percent of all medical costs associated with the varicella zoster virus. Professor of Pediatric Infection and Immunity, University of Oxford on chickenpox vaccine causing shingles:

Prior to chickenpox vaccination, shingles was seen only in adults, but is now seen in children.

Vaccine-strain herpes zoster (HZ) can occur after varicella vaccination.
by: Megan Pond