[Prevention of herpes zoster by vaccination].
ABSTRACT Herpes zoster (HZ) and post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) are frequently occurring diseases in elderly and in immuno-compromised persons. The live attenuated HZ vaccine boosts an existing immune response, so that the already established varicella-zoster virus infection is kept latent. Vaccination has been shown to halve the risk of HZ, and the risk of PHN is reduced by two thirds in people = 60 years. The vaccine is approved for persons aged = 50 years. However, the clinical efficacy of the vaccine is best studied in people aged = 60 years. The vaccine has so far not shown any serious side-effects.
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ABSTRACT: Varicella is an important viral infection. It can present with acute febrile illness with rash. In some case, the rare complication as varicella pneumonia can be seen.Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine 01/2012; 2(3):S1867-S1868. DOI:10.1016/S2221-1691(12)60510-3