Should the UK introduce varicella vaccine?

Roderick, Marion; Ramanan, Athimalaipet V.; Finn, Adam
December 2007
Archives of Disease in Childhood;Dec2007, Vol. 92 Issue 12, p1051
Academic Journal
The article presents a perspective on the paper by Cameron et al about the importance of introducing varicella vaccine in Great Britain. Cameron el al describe 112 children with severe complications of chickenpox reported over a 13-month period. A temporary strategy of immunising all teenagers without a history of chickenpox could be implemented without fear of altering the epidemiology of chickenpox. This could prevent cases of severe disease in adults and pregnant women and raise public awareness of the potential and desirability of primary prevention.


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