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Varicella Vaccine has Long-Term Effectiveness Against Chicken Pox
Date:3/31/2013

p>The risk of herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, was not increased in vaccinated children, and appeared to be lower in vaccinated children than in the pre-vaccine era. There were 46 confirmed cases of shingles among the cohort, suggesting an approximately 40 percent decreased incidence of herpes zoster in vaccinated children.

Additional authors on the study include Paula Ray , MPH, Edwin Lewis , MPH, and Bruce Fireman, MA, with the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center; Patricia Saddier , MD, PhD, and Trung N. Tran , MD, PhD, of the epidemiology department, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Corp., Whitehouse Station, N.J.; Steve Black , MD, of the Center for Global Health, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati; Henry R. Shinefield , MD, of the University of California San Francisco Medical Center; and Paul M. Coplan ScD, MBA, of Purdue Pharma, Stamford, Conn.

Trung Nam Tran , MD, and Paul Coplan were employees of Merck Sharp & Dohme, Corp. at the time of the study. Patricia Saddier, MD, is currently still an employee of Merck Sharp & Dohme, Corp. Roger Baxter , MD, has received research grants from Merck, Sanofi Pasteur, GSK and Novartis. Steve Black , MD, is a consultant for Novartis, and is on data safety monitoring boards for Novartis, GSK and the World Health Organization. All other authors report no conflicts of interest.

About the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center
Founded in 1985, the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center began as a way of responding to numerous requests to use Kaiser Permanente's large population for vaccine efficacy stu
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