Prior to chickenpox vaccination, shingles was seen only in adults, but is now also seen in children.
“The United States has traded a dramatic reduction in varicella disease which in the prevaccine era accounted for only 25% of the VZV medical costs (i.e., 75% of VZV medical costs were attributed to cases of HZ) for a disproportional increase in HZ costs associated with increasing HZ incidence among adults with a history of wild-type varicella. It is an unfortunate fact that 20 years after the introduction of the varicella vaccine in the US, healthcare officials are still claiming that the mechanism of exogenous boosting “is not well understood” and “the case for this hypothesis has weakened,” when in reality, the data currently exist to understand this biological mechanism first proposed in 1965 by Dr. Robert Edgar Hope-Simpson. “Rather than eliminating varicella in children as promised, routine vaccination against varicella has proven extremely costly and has created continual cycles of treatment and disease.”
- Gary S. Goldman
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.
In 2000, varicella incidence dramatically declined to 70% of the pre vaccine rate; However, 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.
Gary S. Goldman, formerly of Los Angeles County Department of Health has published on the Herpes zoster incidence rates, cost-effectiveness, and vaccine efficacy based primarily on the Antelope Valley Varicella Active Surveillance Project data- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22659447
Professor of Pediatric Infection and Immunity, University of Oxford on chickenpox vaccine causing shingles: https://theconversation.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-chickenpox-and-why-more-countries-dont-use-the-vaccine-63473