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For 20th-century Americans, an outbreak of the small, itchy blisters of chickenpox was an expected milestone on the path of childhood -- much like the first knee-skinning after learning to ride a bike. Times have changed: Although the chickenpox virus once infected 4 million Americans each year, today it sickens only 1 in 5,000 annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in August that the incidence of chickenpox dropped 97 percent between 1995 and 2010, due to the introduction of the chickenpox vaccine.
It's a similar story for a more dangerous disease -- measles. It decreased sharply after a measles vaccine came into widespread use several decades ago. Health officials declared measles eliminated from the United States in 2000, but the virus finds opportunities to sneak back and cause outbreaks because of gaps in immunization coverage....
No, jpw, Shingles is chickenpox virus that is in the adult from childhood! Just get it, and not knowing your age if you had chickenpox you have a very good chance of getting it in later life. The Chickenpox vaccine is very effective, for children, the Shingles vaccine won't cause any harm for an adult but it's definitely not as effective as if it was given in childhood.
There is not much to discuss, children should be vaccinated -- or jpw-- do you think they should run the risk of getting polio, etc.? By the way don't step on any rusty nails, etc., you don't want to get a tetanus shot.
lets talk about the consequences of chicken pox vaccine. suddenly the threat of shingles in adults is all around us? within months of the new vaccine, doctors have posters up about the new threat of shingles in adults. the answer, another vaccine. seems an escalation of problems doesn't it?