Article Abstract

Should varicella vaccine be included in the routine immunization programme?

Authors: Hualiang Lin, Yu Liu, Linwei Tian


With accumulating evidence of the effectiveness of varicella vaccine to protect very young children, there are still concerns that the usage of this vaccine in young children may result in a right shift in the age distribution of this infection, with potentially more severe diseases later in childhood and adolescence (1). In Pediatrics, Baxter et al. presented their findings that varicella vaccine led to a decline of varicella incidence and hospitalization rate in all age groups, with no shift to older age groups (2).