Chickenpox vaccine may reduce risk of shingles

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 20 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:120
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Stanford University researchers have found that giving an inactivated form of chickenpox vaccine to adults can reduce the risk of herpes zoster (shingles), which strikes elderly people and people with weakened immune systems.

    Even among healthy adults the risk of shingles rises each decade after age 60, increasing to one in five people in their …

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