Herpes zoster following varicella vaccination in children

Cutis. 2017 Mar;99(3):207-211.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acyclovir / administration & dosage*
  • Antiviral Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Chickenpox / prevention & control
  • Chickenpox Vaccine / administration & dosage
  • Chickenpox Vaccine / adverse effects*
  • Herpes Zoster / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male


  • Antiviral Agents
  • Chickenpox Vaccine
  • Acyclovir