Surprising Results Of Chickenpox Study Revealed Vaccination Increases Incidents Of Shingles in younger Adults

natural shingles treatmentIt was shown in a study that one-year-old babies who are given the chickenpox vaccination are twice as likely to get shingles as young adults. This is because the chickenpox vaccine makes re-exposure less likely…

…Re-exposure boosts immunity because the body is forced to become effective at fighting off the virus. Because the chickenpox virus and the shingles virus are one and the same, shingles will become more likely.

It’s similar to the case of the child who lives in a super-clean home. The child actually ends up getting sick all the time because his or her immune system hasn’t had to develop to protect the body from natural elements.

In a study published in eLife, scientists from the Universities of Antwerp and Hasselt (in Belgium) predicted that the temporary effect of a rise in shingles cases is mostly found in 31 to 40-year-olds…

…This is a younger age group than previously predicted and this age group is less at risk of developing more severe shingles symptoms.

Many countries haven’t introduced a widespread chickenpox vaccination in children. This is because it was previously predicted that the reduction in chickenpox related disease would be outbalanced by the temporary increase in shingles-related disease.

However, a new model developed by the scientists disproves previous findings on the length of time re-exposure to chickenpox boosts immunity to shingles. The effect was thought to last for up to 20 years, but results show it only lasts for two years

The new model was the first based on real immunological and virological data from individuals.

Leading author Dr. Benson Ogunjimi said…

“We were surprised to find that re­-exposure to chickenpox is beneficial for so few years and also that the most pronounced effect of vaccination on increasing cases of shingles is in younger adults…

…our findings should allay some fears about implementing childhood chickenpox vaccination,” 

Vaccination programmes are established in some countries including the United States, Australia, Greece, Germany, Japan, and Taiwan. That being said, most chickenpox cases are mild, whereas shingles causes a painful rash and can lead to prolonged pain. Policy makers in other countries have hesitated to introduce childhood vaccination.

Shingles occurs most often in individuals with a weakened immune system, such as…

  • HIV patients
  • Cancer patients
  • Elderly people

In previous studies, Ogunjimi and colleagues discovered that the impact of ageing is exacerbated by the Cytomegalovirus infection, another virus in the herpes family. Their new model combines data from individuals relating to all these factors, making it more accurate than the previous models and easier to verify with future clinical studies.

Dr. Ogunjimi said…

“Our new model relates to real biological functions, increasing it’s value for determining health policy.”

Whilst in many cases of disease, vaccination is a positive step. In the case of Chickenpox, the consensus amongst scientists is moving towards allowing a natural immunity to buildup. This will protect the individual from shingles in later life.

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