Rising Shingles Cases in Adults Put Unvaccinated Children at Risk

Parents who get shingles can experience debilitating symptoms and pass the chickenpox virus to their children. So why can’t they have the vaccine?

The death of a 30-year-old Texas man made headlines in July when he got infected with the coronavirus after attending a “Covid-19 party.” According to the chief medical officer at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, the man said he attended a gathering with an infected person to test whether the coronavirus was real and to gain immunity from it.

This isn’t the first time Americans have signed up for intentional virus exposure in the hopes of achieving immunity. Before the chickenpox vaccine became available in 1995, many parents hosted “chickenpox parties” with similar infection and immunity goals for their children….

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/03/parenting/chickenpox-shingles-vaccine.html

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