Chickenpox Vaccine for Every

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Chickenpox Vaccine for Every


Byline: Fiona MacRae

CHILDREN and pregnant women could be routinely vaccinated against chickenpox.

Among the options being considered by Government advisers include combining the jab with the MMR triple vaccine, creating a four-in-one shot.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is also considering vaccinating adults against shingles, which is caused by the same virus.

Recommendations made by the expert and influential panel of doctors, nurses and scientists are almost always turned into health policy.

Although the JCVI is a UK-wide body, any final decision north of the Border would rest with the Scottish Executive.

Child health specialists say mass vaccination is the best defence against chickenpox - which claims up to 50 lives a year.

But critics fear it will overload the immune systems of infants, who are already given 25 vaccines in ten shots by the age of 13 months.

There are around 300,000 cases of chickenpox a year in the UK. Most people make a full recovery within a fortnight, but several hundred will suffer complications such as pneumonia, severe blood poisoning and infection by flesh-eating bacteria. Adults, very young babies and pregnant women are at particular risk of complications, with babies exposed to chickenpox in the womb at risk of brain damage and blindness. Up to ten children and 40 adults a year die of the disease. Children are already routinely vaccinated against chickenpox. in the U.S., Australia and Germany, and Irish guidelines advise that pregnant women be given the jab if they are not immune. In the U.S., hospital admissions and deaths from chickenpox have fallen by two-thirds since vaccination was introduced in 1995. A chickenpox sub-group of the JCVI will meet to discuss the issue in March.

The chickenpox vaccine costs around [pounds sterling]30 a shot, so the costeffectiveness will be considered. Other issues under debate are safety and who to vaccinate and at what age. Options include adding the vaccine to the MMR jab to create a four-in-one shot. that protects against measles, mumps, Rubella (German measles) and chickenpox. Official papers show the JCVI is also considering vaccinating pregnant women who are not immune to the disease. Professor Adam Finn, an expert on child health and vaccination, said: 'In 999 cases out of 1,000, chickenpox is a trivial illness - but that's not the point. 'What we can't do is predict the children who are going to die from it or get quite seriously ill and end up in hospital.

If you want to prevent the deaths, the only way to do that is to immunise everybody. …

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