Varivax sentence example
- Before the varicella vaccine (Varivax) was released for use in 1995, nearly all of the 4 million children born each year in the United States contracted chickenpox, resulting in hospitalization in five of every 1,000 cases and 100 deaths.
- A vaccine for chickenpox became available in the United States in 1995 under the name Varivax.
- Varivax is a live, attenuated (weakened) virus vaccine.
- Varivax is not given to patients who already have overt signs of the disease.
- The vaccine first became available in the United States in 1995 and is produced by Merck & Company under the trade name Varivax.Advertisement
- This "Oka" varicella strain, named after the original infected child, was licensed by Merck in 1981 and used to develop Varivax.
- The company built a new production facility for Varivax that uses robots to strictly control the ultrasound procedure.
- It is recommended that babies receive a single-dose injection of Varivax between the ages of 12 and 18 months, usually at the same time that they receive their first measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
- However, adolescents aged 13 or older, as well as adults, require two doses of Varivax, four to eight weeks apart, to obtain the same level of immunity as children under 13.
- In the initial phase of the study, HIV-infected children who were without symptoms tolerated Varivax well.Advertisement
- Since shingles is very common in HIV-infected children, the NIAID and NICHD also launched a clinical study to determine whether Varivax can prevent shingles in HIV-infected children who have had chickenpox.
- There is no evidence that healthy children who have had chickenpox or who received VZV previously are at a greater for adverse effects from an additional dose of Varivax.
- However, antiviral drugs for treating herpes viruses, including acyclovir or valacyclovir, should not be administered within 24 hours of Varivax, because these drugs can reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine.