A new study reveals that the chickenpox vaccine may lower the risk for shingles.
The study included 6.4 million children under 18, half of whom had the chickenpox vaccine. The researchers studied the range of data from 2003 through 2014 to determine the rate of shingles. The study team found that overall, the vaccinated children had a 78% lower rate of shingles than their unvaccinated peers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of the vaccine, at age 1 year and then between 4 and 6. Rates of shingles were lower for those children that had both doses reports the Herald-Tribune.
Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Health Research, the lead research site, reported that there has been a considerable chickenpox decline. Clearly, this research reveals it is vital to have children vaccinated not only for chickenpox but also for shingles.