Article Abstract

Varicella vaccination programs do not seem to shift the age of disease to older age groups

Authors: Manuel García Cenoz


The paper of Baxter et al., recently published in Pediatrics show through five cross-sectional studies, a high impact of vaccination in the decline of varicella incidence and hospitalizations in all age groups in the United States between 1995 and 2009. As a consequence of herd immunity, varicella incidence has also diminished in those non vaccinated, which indicates no shift in the burden of varicella to older age groups.