Presumptive varicella vaccination is warranted in Greek adolescents lacking a history of disease or household exposure

@article{Katsafadou2008PresumptiveVV,
  title={Presumptive varicella vaccination is warranted in Greek adolescents lacking a history of disease or household exposure},
  author={Alexandra Katsafadou and Konstantina Kallergi and George Ferentinos and Theodora Goulioti and Maria Foustoukou and Vassiliki Papaevangelou},
  journal={European Journal of Pediatrics},
  year={2008},
  volume={168},
  pages={23-25}
}
Current practice favors serotesting adolescents with a negative history of chickenpox rather than offering presumptive vaccination. Recent epidemiologic data from Greece indicate that a high proportion of adolescents (21.5%) are susceptible to chickenpox. We assessed the reliability of negative varicella history in relation to type of exposure in 311 children and 283 adolescents. In children with social or unknown exposure to varicella, a negative history had a high negative predictive value… CONTINUE READING

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