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Varicella-Zoster Virus

  • CDC Says Take Chickenpox Seriously
    Most children with chickenpox completely recover. But it can be serious, even deadly, especially for babies, pregnant women, adolescents, adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Make sure everyone in your family is up to date on their chickenpox vaccinations. ...More
    August 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Chickenpox Continues to Decline in U.S. Thanks to Vaccination
    Since the chickenpox vaccine became available in the U.S. in 1995, there has been a large reduction in chickenpox cases. Hospitalizations and outpatient visits for chickenpox have continued their decline after a second dose of the vaccine was recommended to improve ...More
    August 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Chickenpox Vaccination Does Increase Shingles Cases, but Mainly in Young Adults
    Vaccinating 1-year-olds against chickenpox could temporarily nearly double the incidence of shingles in the wider population, but in younger adults than previously thought. The effect occurs because vaccination reduces the likelihood of adults who experienced chickenpox as ...More
    August 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • 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
  • 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
  • Study Suggests Link Between Untreated Depression and Response to Shingles Vaccine
    Results from a new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases suggest a link between untreated depression in older adults and decreased effectiveness of the herpes zoster, or shingles, vaccine. Older adults are known to be at risk for shingles, a painful condition ...More
    February 14, 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
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