Varicella vaccination in Europe: are we ready for a universal childhood programme?

@article{Sengupta2007VaricellaVI,
  title={Varicella vaccination in Europe: are we ready for a universal childhood programme?},
  author={Nitu Sengupta and Robert Booy and H. J. Schmitt and Heikki Peltola and Pierre Van-Damme and Richard Fabian Schumacher and Magda Campins and Carlos Rodrigo and Terho Heikkinen and Jane Seward and Aisha O. Jumaan and Adam Finn and Per Olc{\'e}n and Nancy Thiry and Catherine Weil-Olivier and Judith Breuer},
  journal={European Journal of Pediatrics},
  year={2007},
  volume={167},
  pages={47-55}
}
Safe and effective vaccines against varicella zoster virus (VZV), the aetiological agent of varicella and shingles, have been available in Europe for the last 5–10 years. The USA has had a universal childhood vaccination policy since 1995 and this has resulted in a dramatic decrease in the incidence, morbidity and mortality related to varicella. The economic and medical burden of VZV has led to discussions regarding both the desirability and feasability of a similar routine immunisation policy… CONTINUE READING