New England Journal of Medicine: Shingles (herpes zoster) contracted in a 19 month old vaccinated child


A 19-month-old female infant presented with a 1-week history of ascending linear erythematous eruptions on the left calf. She showed no indications of immune disturbances and was a full-term infant with a healthy rate of weight gain and development. She had been immunized with the varicella vaccine 7 months before presentation.  Read more…

VLA Comment:  No mention, of course, that vaccine caused the shingles.

Varicella zoster virus (VZV) causes varicella (chicken pox) in the nonimmune host.1 After resolution of the primary infection, the virus enters the latent phase and remains in sensory ganglia until an opportunity arises for reactivation.1,2 This reactivation, called herpes zoster (HZ; shingles),

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