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Should the UK introduce a universal childhood varicella vaccination programme?
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    Varicella vaccination in the UK: reduced risk of stroke might be another advantage
    • Andrew L. Lux, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist
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      • Sam Amin, Andrew A. Mallick, Andrew L. Lux

    We read with interest the review by Amirthalingam[1] and colleagues of the potential value of a UK varicella vaccination programme. They cite Blumental[2] and colleagues' article in the same issue which assessed the burden of varicella and outlined some of the known complications, such as bacterial skin and soft tissue infections, pneumonia, and neurological complications including meningitis and encephalitis. The Blumen...

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    Herpes Zoster possibly unreported in childhood

    This editorial is a very helpful review of the current state of the debate.

    I am concerned that zoster is under diagnosed in childhood because of lack of familiarity in both primary and secondary care. Anecdotally it is not uncommon in a paediatric unit, in otherwise well children, but does cause significant concern and use of resources. This needs to be accurately captured as it may shift the economic modelling...

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