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Varicella-zoster virus: prevention through vaccination.
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PMID:  22510639     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Widespread use of varicella vaccine in the United States has drastically changed the epidemiology of the disease. Although chickenpox is no longer a ubiquitous childhood infection, varicella-zoster virus continues to circulate in the community and nonimmune pregnant women remain at risk. Varicella can cause severe infection in pregnant women, often complicated by viral pneumonia. Maternal varicella occurring in the first half of pregnancy can cause the rare but devastating congenital varicella syndrome, whereas infection in the late stages of pregnancy may cause neonatal varicella. The best approach to avoiding the morbidity and mortality associated with chickenpox in pregnancy is to screen and vaccinate susceptible reproductive-age women.
John W Gnann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  55     ISSN:  1532-5520     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0070014     Medline TA:  Clin Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  560-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama of Birmingham and Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama.
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