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El Reino Unido, primer país europeo en ejecutar el programa Zostavax
Date:1/22/2013

LYON, Francia, January 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

- El Reino Unido, primer país europeo en ejecutar el programa Zostavax para la vacunación contra el herpes zoster  

La vacuna se administrará a los mayores del Reino Unido para ayudar a proteger contra el herpes zoster

El Reino Unido ha decidido lanzar la primera campaña nacional de inmunización contra el herpes zoster (culebrilla) en Europa utilizando la innovadora vacuna Zostavax de Sanofi Pasteur MSD, la sociedad conjunta en Europa entre MSD y Sanofi Pasteur.

Los miembros mayores elegibles del público podrán recibir la vacuna Zostavax durante sus visitas médicas regulares o al mismo tiempo que la inyección para la gripe estacional. La decisión del Departamento de Salud del Reino Unido sigue una completa evaluación de los beneficios sanitarios y económicos de la vacuna del herpes zoster.

Zostavax es la primera y única vacuna disponible para la prevención del herpes zoster y el duradero dolor de origen nervioso que puede seguir a la enfermedad, conocida como neuralgia post-herpética. La vacuna está autorizada en Europa para la inmunización de adultos de más de 50 años* y puede darse como una sola inyección.

El herpes zoster es una enfermedad dolorosa y debilitadora que afecta a una de cada cuatro [1],[2] personas durante su vida. Cualquier persona que haya tenido la varicela (95 % de la población europea[3]) está potencialmente en riesgo ya que está causada por la reactivación del virus de la varicela que la mayor parte de la gente padece en la niñez.

El herpes zoster se caracteriza normalmente por un sarpullido extremadamente doloroso y ampollas en la piel, y puede producir complicaciones graves como neuralgia post-herpética, una condición dolorosa y duradera causada por el dañ
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