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  • Novel Method Identifies Children with Rheumatic Disease Eligible for Life-Saving Vaccine
    The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2015) showed that the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine can be effective and safe even in children with pediatric rheumatic disease receiving immunosuppression treatment. By ...More
    June 12, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Illustrates How Chickenpox Virus Can Cause a Stroke in an HIV Patient
    Patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can, in rare cases, experience bleeding on the brain that causes a type of stroke called intracerebral hemorrhage. A Loyola University Medical Center case study demonstrates that a virus called varicella-zoster can ...More
    May 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Chickenpox Virus May Be Linked to Serious Condition in the Elderly
    A new study links the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles to a condition that inflames blood vessels on the temples and scalp in the elderly, called giant cell arteritis. The study is published in the Feb. 18 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the ...More
    February 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • Varicella Vaccine Has Long-Term Effectiveness Against Chickenpox
    Chickenpox, the childhood affliction of earlier generations, has been largely neutralized by the varicella vaccine, according to a new study by the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center, which appears in the current online issue of Pediatrics. The 14-year study followed ...More
    April 1, 2013 Posted in News
  • Chickenpox Vaccine Saving Children's Lives
    The widespread introduction of a chickenpox vaccine in Australia in 2006 has prevented thousands of children from being hospitalized with severe chickenpox and saved lives, according to new research. In a national study of chickenpox admissions at four participating ...More
    March 13, 2013 Posted in News
  • Shingles Vaccination is a Must, Says UB Microbiologist Who Knows From Experience
    Terry D. Connell, PhD, knows a lot about the immune system: he’s a University at Buffalo professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences who conducts research on new vaccines for diseases, such as tuberculosis. ...More
    February 7, 2013 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves Varizig for Reducing Chickenpox Symptoms
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved Varizig for reducing the severity of chickenpox (varicella zoster virus) infections in high-risk individuals when given within four days after exposure. Varizig is a varicella zoster immune globulin preparation. Varicella zoster ...More
    December 26, 2012 Posted in News
  • Shingles Vaccine Associated With 55 Percent Reduced Risk of Disease
    Receiving the herpes zoster vaccine was associated with a 55 percent reduced risk of developing shingles, according to a Kaiser Permanente study of 300,000 people that appears in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. This retrospective study ...More
    January 12, 2011 Posted in News
  • Study Confirms Two Vaccine Doses Protect Children from Chickenpox
    Two doses of the varicella, or chickenpox, vaccine provide excellent protection in children against this highly contagious and, in some cases, severe disease. To be published in the Feb. 1 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the findings support the two-dose ...More
    January 5, 2011 Posted in News
  • Combination MMRV Vaccine Linked to Seizure Risk
    The combination vaccine for measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox (MMRV) is associated with double the risk of febrile seizures for 1- to 2-year-old children compared with same-day administration of the separate vaccine for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and the varicella ...More
    June 28, 2010 Posted in News
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