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2008-02-29 00:25:00

The results of a new study presented Wednesday at a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said children suffer higher rates of fever-induced convulsions after receiving the Merck combination vaccine ProQuad instead of two separate shots. As a result, a federal advisory panel is moving away from their preference for the ProQuad, which protects against chickenpox, mumps, measles and rubella. ProQuad costs $124 per dose, about the same as the two other shots combined....

2007-12-13 21:00:22

A U.S. study challenges the conventional wisdom that shingles primarily affects adults with weakened immune systems. The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found more than 92 percent of the study subjects with shingles did not have any conditions like cancer or other serious illnesses that affected their immune system. Overall, our data suggests that researchers and physicians also need to consider preventing shingles in people ages 50 to 59, study leader Dr. Barbara Yawn of...

2007-08-17 12:06:49

By Lisa Redmond, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Aug. 17--A 35-year-old Ayer woman who gave birth to a healthy baby last week at Emerson Hospital in Concord has been transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after being diagnosed with a rare flesh-eating disease. The woman, whose name is not being released, was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a potentially fatal bacterial infection, according to Emerson Hospital spokesman Bonnie Goldsmith. She was listed in critical condition...

2006-11-02 15:00:33

By Donna Wright, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Nov. 1--MANATEE -- The county jail has been closed to visitors due to 13 confirmed cases of chicken pox, Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported this morning. Twelve staff members and one inmate were diagnosed with chicken pox a week ago, said David Bristow, MSO spokesman. Vendors can still make delivers to the jail, Bristow said, but visitors will not be allowed inside. Chickenpox is caused by Varicella virus, a member of the Herpes family of...

2006-09-04 07:54:02

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers in India describe a hospital outbreak of chickenpox in which the source of infection was a cadaver. The deceased patient was a 36-year-old male renal transplant recipient who had developed what looked like varicella-zoster virus infection (chickenpox) affecting not only the skin but also internal organs, Dr. Navin Paul and Dr. Mini E. Jacob, from Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, report. Despite prompt treatment with intravenous...

2006-08-08 09:01:04

By The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Aug. 8--Backpack? Check. Glue stick? Check. Pencils? Check. But what about vaccinations? It's almost back-to-school time -- time for parents to make sure their children's vaccinations are up-to-date. And this year, for the first time, that means that all Ohio children entering kindergarten must be vaccinated against chickenpox. The law requires either proof of chickenpox (varicella) vaccination or documentation that the child has had a case of...

2006-06-16 14:25:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One dose of chickenpox vaccine may be insufficient to prevent school outbreaks of chickenpox, according to a report in the medical journal Pediatrics. Outbreaks of chickenpox continue to be reported, even in highly vaccinated populations, the authors explain. In Arkansas, a chickenpox vaccination requirement for entry into kindergarten was introduced in 2000, so by September 2003 children in kindergarten through third grade were protected. Nonetheless, a large...

2006-05-26 13:08:32

By Toni Clarke and Susan Heavey BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Friday approved the first vaccine to prevent shingles, a painful disease characterized by a blistering rash that affects nearly 1 million, mostly older adults every year. The vaccine, Zostavax, which is made by Merck & Co. and aims to boost the immune system, was approved for adults age 60 and older. Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. Treatments generally...

2006-05-26 06:51:42

In BOSTON story headlined "FDA approves Merck vaccine to prevent shingles," please read in second paragraph ... The vaccine is designed to prevent shingles ... instead of ... The vaccine is designed to treat shingles. A corrected version follows. BOSTON (Reuters) - Merck & Co. said on Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its vaccine to prevent shingles, a painful disease characterized by a blistering rash. The vaccine, Zostavax, is designed to prevent...

2006-05-26 07:50:00

BOSTON (Reuters) - Merck & Co. said on Friday that U.S. regulators have approved its vaccine to prevent shingles, a painful disease characterized by a blistering rash. Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox, which can lay dormant after childhood and strike again when the immune system weakens with age or illness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccine, Zostavax, to prevent shingles in people aged 60 and older. Everyone who has been...


Latest Chickenpox Reference Libraries

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2011-01-24 12:56:26

Herpes zoster (or zoster), is known as shingles or zona and is a viral disease characterized by painful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of the body. Initial infection causes chickenpox. Once chickenpox is over the virus remains in the body and can cause shingles. It can become latent in the nerve cell bodies and sometimes in the dorsal root, cranial nerve, or autonomic ganglion. Years after initial infection, another breakout can cause a painful rash. The rash usually...

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