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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525973/varicella-zoster-virus-seroprevalence-in-children-and-adolescents-in-the-pre-varicella-vaccine-era-germany
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Miriam Wiese-Posselt, Anette Siedler, Annette Mankertz, Andreas Sauerbrei, Hartmut Hengel, Ole Wichmann, Christina Poethko-Müller
BACKGROUND: In 2004, universal childhood varicella vaccination was introduced in Germany. We aimed to determine the age-specific prevalence of anti-varicella zoster virus (VZV) IgG-antibodies among children in the pre-varicella vaccine era in Germany, to identify factors associated with VZV seropositivity, and to assess the suitability of a commercially available ELISA for VZV seroepidemiological studies by comparing it with an in-house fluorescent antibody to membrane antigen test (FAMA) as the gold standard...
May 19, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516725/the-need-for-better-preventative-strategies-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients-at-risk-of-herpes-zoster-virus
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William Bye, Miles Sparrow, Susie Connor, Jane Andrews, Katie Ellard, Watson Ng, Georgia Hume, Sally Antoniades, Alissa Walsh
BACKGROUND: Immunosuppressed IBD patients have an increased risk of HZV infection. The existing live-attenuated HZV vaccine is contraindicated in some of these patients and can only be used with caution in others. AIMS: To describe characteristics of IBD patients suffering HZV to enable implementation of risk mitigation strategies for those at highest risk. METHODS: Gastroenterologists completed a proforma for IBD patients who experienced HZV infection: IBD phenotype, details of HZV infection, immunosuppression and any change to treatment upon diagnosis of HZV...
May 17, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508307/duration-of-antiviral-prophylaxis-and-risk-of-herpes-zoster-among-patients-receiving-autologous-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplants-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Dongmu Zhang, Thomas Weiss, Yu Feng, Lynn Finelli
INTRODUCTION: There are no real-world data on antiviral prophylaxis (AP) duration and risk of herpes zoster (HZ) given AP duration in patients receiving autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplants (auto-HSCT). The objectives of this study are to describe the duration of AP and to compare incidence of HZ by AP duration in auto-HSCT patients. METHODS: This is a retrospective, observational database (Marketscan(®)) study. This study included patients ≥18 years old who had auto-HSCT during 2009-2013, had chemotherapy within 60 days prior to auto-HSCT (latest chemotherapy date within the 60 days was the study enrollment date), and had continuous health plan enrollment for at least 365 days before and after the study enrollment date...
May 15, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502771/metabolic-phenotypes-of-response-to-vaccination-in-humans
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Shuzhao Li, Nicole L Sullivan, Nadine Rouphael, Tianwei Yu, Sophia Banton, Mohan S Maddur, Megan McCausland, Christopher Chiu, Jennifer Canniff, Sheri Dubey, Ken Liu, ViLinh Tran, Thomas Hagan, Sai Duraisingham, Andreas Wieland, Aneesh K Mehta, Jennifer A Whitaker, Shankar Subramaniam, Dean P Jones, Alessandro Sette, Kalpit Vora, Adriana Weinberg, Mark J Mulligan, Helder I Nakaya, Myron Levin, Rafi Ahmed, Bali Pulendran
Herpes zoster (shingles) causes significant morbidity in immune compromised hosts and older adults. Whereas a vaccine is available for prevention of shingles, its efficacy declines with age. To help to understand the mechanisms driving vaccinal responses, we constructed a multiscale, multifactorial response network (MMRN) of immunity in healthy young and older adults immunized with the live attenuated shingles vaccine Zostavax. Vaccination induces robust antigen-specific antibody, plasmablasts, and CD4(+) T cells yet limited CD8(+) T cell and antiviral responses...
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501259/risk-of-stroke-transient-ischemic-attack-or-myocardial-infarction-with-herpes-zoster-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Yanting Zhang, Ganfeng Luo, Yuanwei Huang, Qiuyan Yu, Li Wang, Ke Li
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence indicates that herpes zoster (HZ) may increase the risk of stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) or myocardial infarction (MI), but the results are inconsistent. We aim to explore the relationship between HZ and risk of stroke/TIA or MI and between herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO) and stroke. METHODS: We estimated the relative risk (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) with the meta-analysis. Cochran's Q test and Higgins I(2) statistic were used to check for heterogeneity...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486850/vaccine-profile-of-herpes-zoster-hz-su-subunit-vaccine
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Anthony L Cunningham, Thomas Heineman
Herpes zoster (HZ) causes an often severe and painful rash in older people and may be complicated by prolonged pain (postherpetic neuralgia; PHN) and by dissemination in immune-compromised patients. HZ results from reactivation of latent varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection, often associated with age-related or other causes of decreased T cell immunity. A live attenuated vaccine boosts this immunity and provides partial protection against HZ, but this decreases with age and declines over 8 years. Areas covered: A new HZ subunit (HZ/su) vaccine combines a key surface VZV glycoprotein (E) with a T cell-boosting adjuvant system (AS01B) and is administered by two intramuscular injections two months apart...
May 9, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481687/a-trivalent-subunit-antigen-glycoprotein-vaccine-as-immunotherapy-for-genital-herpes-in-the-guinea-pig-genital-infection-model
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Sita Awasthi, Lauren M Hook, Carolyn E Shaw, Harvey M Friedman
An estimated 417 million people worldwide ages 15 to 49 are infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), the most common cause of genital ulcer disease. Some individuals experience frequent recurrences of genital lesions, while others only have subclinical infection, yet all risk transmitting infection to their intimate partners. A vaccine was developed that prevents shingles, which is a recurrent infection caused by varicella-zoster virus (VZV), a closely related member of the Herpesviridae family. The success of the VZV vaccine has stimulated renewed interest in a therapeutic vaccine for genital herpes...
May 8, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481678/herpes-zoster-vaccine-a-health-economic-evaluation-for-switzerland
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Patricia R Blank, Zanfina Ademi, Xiaoyan Lu, Thomas D Szucs, Matthias Schwenkglenks
Herpes zoster (HZ) or "shingles" results from a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (VZV) acquired during primary infection (chickenpox) and surviving in the dorsal root ganglia. In about 20% of cases, a complication occurs, known as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). A live attenuated vaccine against VZV is available for the prevention of HZ and subsequent PHN. The present study aims to update an earlier evaluation estimating the cost-effectiveness of the HZ vaccine from a Swiss third party payer perspective...
May 8, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479176/cost-effectiveness-of-varicella-vaccine-against-herpes-zoster-and-post-herpetic-neuralgia-for-elderly-in-japan
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Shu-Ling Hoshi, Masahide Kondo, Ichiro Okubo
BACKGROUND: The extended use of varicella vaccine in adults aged 50 and older against herpes zoster (HZ) was recently approved in Japan, which has raised the need to evaluate its value for money. METHODS: We conducted a cost-effectiveness analysis with Markov modelling to evaluate the efficiency of varicella vaccine immunisation programme for the elderly in Japan. Four strategies with different ages to receive a shot of vaccine were set, namely: (1) 65-84, (2) 70-84, (3) 75-84 and (4) 80-84years old (y...
May 31, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472027/surveillance-of-vaccination-coverage-among-adult-populations-united-states-2015
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Walter W Williams, Peng-Jun Lu, Alissa O'Halloran, David K Kim, Lisa A Grohskopf, Tamara Pilishvili, Tami H Skoff, Noele P Nelson, Rafael Harpaz, Lauri E Markowitz, Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz, Amy Parker Fiebelkorn
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Overall, the prevalence of illness attributable to vaccine-preventable diseases is greater among adults than among children. Adults are recommended to receive vaccinations based on their age, underlying medical conditions, lifestyle, prior vaccinations, and other considerations. Updated vaccination recommendations from CDC are published annually in the U.S. Adult Immunization Schedule. Despite longstanding recommendations for use of many vaccines, vaccination coverage among U...
May 5, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463961/herpes-zoster-risk-after-21-specific-cancers-population-based-case-control-study
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Erik Hansson, Harriet J Forbes, Sinéad M Langan, Liam Smeeth, Krishnan Bhaskaran
BACKGROUND: Some malignancies are known to be associated with increased risk of herpes zoster, but little is known about how associations between cancer and subsequent zoster risk vary by cancer site, by time since cancer diagnosis, and by age. METHODS: An age-, sex-, calendar time-, and practice-matched case-control study, nested in the broadly UK representative Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) primary care database, was analysed using conditional logistic regression to estimate the association between 21 of the most common specific malignancies and subsequent zoster risk...
May 2, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455174/improving-adult-immunization-equity-where-do-the-published-research-literature-and-existing-resources-lead
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REVIEW
Wendy Prins, Emily Butcher, Laura Lee Hall, Gary Puckrein, Bernard Rosof
Evidence suggests that disparities in adult immunization (AI) rates are growing. Providers need adequate patient resources and information about successful interventions to help them engage in effective practices to reduce AI disparities. The primary purposes of this paper were to review and summarize the evidence base regarding interventions to reduce AI disparities and to scan for relevant resources that could support providers in their AI efforts to specifically target disparities. First, building on a literature review conducted by the U...
April 25, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429891/comparison-of-immunization-rates-of-adults-ages-65-years-and-older-managed-within-two-nurse-practitioner-owned-clinics-with-national-immunization-rates
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Wendy L Wright, Elise Morrell, Jennie Lee, Norma Graciela Cuellar, Patricia White
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Adults ages ≥65 years are at increased risk for infectious diseases. Ensuring these individuals are fully vaccinated is imperative. The purpose of this study was to assess the immunization rates of adults ages ≥65 years managed by nurse practitioners (NPs) and compare the results with national immunization rates and Healthy People 2020 goals. METHODS: A convenience sample of adults ages ≥65 years was obtained from two NP-managed clinics...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426274/a-critical-appraisal-of-shingrix-a-novel-herpes-zoster-subunit-hz-su-or-gsk1437173a-vaccine-for-varicella-zoster-virus
#14
Tehmina Bharucha, Damien Ming, Judith Breuer
HZ/Su, branded as 'Shingrix', is one of the newest vaccines to be submitted for multi-national regulatory approval. It is targeted to prevent shingles, predominantly affecting the elderly, but a global concern with ageing populations and significant associated morbidity and mortality. A vaccine for shingles has been available for over a decade, however it is contraindicated in specific subgroups of people, and there are added concerns regarding long-term immunogenicity. HZ/Su is the first subunit vaccine developed to protect against shingles...
April 20, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412076/original-article-varicella-vaccination-elicits-a-humoral-and-cellular-response-in-children-with-rheumatic-diseases-using-immune-suppressive-treatment
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Noortje Groot, Gecilmara Pileggi, Cleonice B Sandoval, Ingrid Grein, Guy Berbers, Virginia Paes Leme Ferriani, Nico Wulffraat, Sytze de Roock
OBJECTIVE: To assess humoral and cellular responses to live-attenuated varicella zoster virus (VZV) vaccination of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) or juvenile scleroderma (JScle) compared to those of healthy controls (HC). METHODS: Before, 4-6weeks and one year after VZV vaccination, blood samples of patients and HC were collected. VZV-specific antibody concentrations were measured by ELISA and multiplex immune-assay...
April 12, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412075/vaccine-preferences-and-acceptance-of-older-adults
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R Eilers, H E de Melker, J Veldwijk, P F M Krabbe
BACKGROUND: Expanding vaccination programs for the older population might be important as older adults are becoming a larger proportion of the general population. The aim of this study is to determine the relative importance of vaccine and disease specific characteristics and acceptance for Dutch older adults, including pneumococcal disease, herpes zoster, pertussis vaccination, and influenza vaccination. METHODS: A discrete choice experiment was conducted to generate choice data that was analyzed using a mixed multinomial logit statistical model...
April 12, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410358/reactivation-of-herpes-zoster-keratitis-with-corneal-perforation-after-zoster-vaccination
#17
Andre Jastrzebski, Seymour Brownstein, Setareh Ziai, Solin Saleh, Kay Lam, W Bruce Jackson
PURPOSE: We present a case of reactivated herpes zoster keratouveitis of 6 years duration with corneal perforation requiring penetrating keratoplasty shortly after inoculation with herpes zoster vaccine (Zostavax, Merck, Quebec, Canada). METHODS: Retrospective case report. RESULTS: A 67-year-old woman with a 5-year history of recurrent unilateral herpes zoster keratouveitis in her right eye presented with another recurrence 2 weeks after Zostavax vaccination...
June 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408168/assessment-of-targeted-automated-messages-on-herpes-zoster-immunization-numbers-in-an-independent-community-pharmacy
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Brian W Bedwick, Gretchen K Garofoli, Betsy M Elswick
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of an automated phone call by a pharmacy owner on the number of herpes zoster vaccinations given in the independent community pharmacy setting, compare herpes zoster immunization numbers in the 3 months during the previous year to the 3 months during the intervention, and assess patient satisfaction with the automated phone call service. METHODS: This prospective study took place in an independent community pharmacy. A message was recorded by the pharmacy owner using a telephone-message program that notified patients aged 60 and older that the herpes zoster vaccine is recommended for them...
April 10, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408118/a-novel-combined-vaccine-based-on-monochimeric-vlp-co-displaying-multiple-conserved-epitopes-against-enterovirus-71-and-varicella-zoster-virus
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Yangtao Wu, Rui Zhu, Longfa Xu, Yongchao Li, Shuxuan Li, Hai Yu, Shaowei Li, Hua Zhu, Tong Cheng, Ningshao Xia
Chicken pox and hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) are two major infectious diseases that mainly affect infants and children, causing significant morbidity annually. Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and enterovirus 71 (EV71), respectively, are the principal epidemic pathogens causing these two diseases. To investigate the possibility of developing a novel combined vaccine to prevent chicken pox and HFMD, we constructed three chimeric virus-like particles (VLPs) (termed HBc-V/1/2, HBc-2/V/1 and HBc-1/2/V) based on the hepatitis B core antigen (HBc) carrier that display epitopes derived from VZV-gE, EV71-VP1, and EV71-VP2 in a varied tandem manner...
May 9, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398421/herpes-zoster-following-varicella-vaccination-in-children
#20
Darren J Guffey, Sarah B Koch, Leonora Bomar, William W Huang
Herpes zoster (HZ), or shingles, is commonly seen in older adults but does occur in children. Routine administration of the varicella vaccine started in 1995 in the United States; since then, the incidence of varicella and HZ has declined. We report a case of HZ in an otherwise healthy 19-month-old boy who had been vaccinated at 13 months of age and recovered fully after acyclovir treatment. We review previously reported cases of HZ in healthy vaccinated children.
March 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
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