I pulled this together to shine a different light on the shingles argument. Many people have most likely heard the common quip that "chickenpox vaccines prevent shingles!" Here are some links that you have a right to know about.
Here is the vaccine pamphlet, straight from Merck, which lists shingles as a reported side effect (herpes zoster):
Here is a good introduction to shingles from an authoritative source. Note that ANYONE, of ANY age, can develop shingles if they have been previously exposed to the virus from natural contraction or been in contact with a vaccinated person, or from the vaccine itself.
Reactivation occurs due to being run down (or chronically ill for example) and from having low antibodies. What's concerning about vaccination is that it reduces normative lifelong exposure to the wild virus. Repeated exposure throughout life maintains proper antibody levels, which in turn prevents shingles.
This tool makes it easy to search the VAERS site. VAERS is a website run by the CDC and FDA that tracks vaccine injuries. Scientists estimate only 1-10% of reports make it onto the site. You can search by the chickenpox vaccine or shingles, or rash after vaccine, etc, to see what others have experienced:
“"vaccine responses could potentially reduce concerns about duration of vaccine efficacy.
These concerns are important because, if immunity were insufficient in adults, they might
be susceptible to more severe disease, and if immunity were insufficient in women who
subsequently become pregnant, their children might be more susceptible to congenital
A thorough review of the varicella vaccine and its safety profile:
”Chickenpox in the United Kingdom, where vaccination is not undertaken, has had a stable epidemiology for decades and is a routine childhood illness. Because of vaccination, chickenpox is now a rarity in the USA. In the UK vaccination is not done because introduction of a routine childhood vaccination might drive up the age at which those who are non-immune get the illness (chickenpox tends to be more severe the older you are), and the incidence of shingles may increase. The United Kingdom is waiting to see what happens in countries where vaccination is routine.”
”The results of a new study published in the October 1, 2003 issue of the European journal Vaccine indicate that a higher than expected number of shingles cases was reported among children with a previous history of chickenpoxÂ—approaching the incidence rate normally seen only in older adults. Results of the study suggest mass vaccination with varicella (chickenpox) vaccine may be responsible for this adverse effect.”
"Goldman's research supports that shingles, which results in three times as many deaths and five times the number of hospitalizations as chicken pox, is suppressed naturally by occasional contact with chicken pox."
"Among subjects with low anti-VZV titers, the frequency of clinical infection and immunological boosting substantially exceeded the 13%-per-year rate of exposure to wild-type varicella. These findings indicate that OkaVZV persisted in vivo and reactivated as serum antibody titers decreased after vaccination. This has salient consequences for individuals immunized with OkaVZV."
This study was done to attempt to exonerate the vaccine, but when you look at the results, what do you see?
”All of 57 vaccinees with breakthrough varicella, clinically diagnosed on the basis of a generalized maculopapular or vesicular rash, in which there was amplifiable DNA [corrected], had wild-type VZV infection based on analysis of viral DNA. The Oka vaccine strain of VZV was not identified in any of these cases. In contrast, in 32 patients with zosteriform rashes, the vaccine strain was identified in 22 samples, and the wild-type strain was identified in 10 samples.”
Here you can see some medical doctors discussing shingles presentation post-vaccination:
Personal commentary on the issue:
Merck’s chickenpox vaccine, Varivax, contains two human strains: MR-5 and WI-38:
Charred bits of shrink wrap found in vaccines, including the chickenpox vaccine:
"It was initially believed that the varicella vaccine would offer lifetime protection. But now we see older children and adults getting chickenpox, and it's more serious when you get it at that age."