Complications of varicella after implementation of routine childhood varicella vaccination in Germany

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Sep;29(9):884-6. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3181e2817f.


A country-wide sentinel surveillance system was initiated in Germany after implementation of routine varicella vaccination of children >11 months. Sentinel physicians report monthly the number of cases and of severe varicella complications (VC). Case-based questionnaires are completed for VC. We evaluated trend and clinical features of reported VC from April 2005 to March 2009. Reported VC decreased by 81%.

MeSH terms

  • Chickenpox / complications*
  • Chickenpox / epidemiology*
  • Chickenpox / immunology
  • Chickenpox Vaccine / immunology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Germany / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Sentinel Surveillance
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data*


  • Chickenpox Vaccine