Health warning! Chickenpox vaccine may trigger an eye inflammation

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A new study claims that a vaccine for chickenpox and shingles that has been used for more than 20 years could cause eye inflammation in some.

Although rare, a new study claims that a vaccine for chickenpox and shingles that has been used for more than 20 years, recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an essential medicine, can cause eye inflammation in some.

“Keratits or inflammation of the clear layer on the front of the eye, is a vision issue that can cause serious complications or even permanent damage to your vision left untreated,” said Frederick W Fraunfelder from the university of Missouri School of Medical in US as reported by The Times of India.

“By studying a case report from national and international registries, we found at least 20 cases of keratitis occurred in children and adults within a month of the chickenpox and shingles vaccine,” said Fraunfelder.

“While this is a rare occurrence, it’s important for physicians to know when giving the vaccine to individuals who have a history of the condition because it could be reactivated by vaccine” he said.

Why are vaccines important

While a lot of debate had been raging on the topic of vaccination these days, especially after Mark Zuckerberg posted a picture of him getting his daughter vaccinated, many experts still believe that vaccination is the best way to protect your child from an illness.

Another reason why vaccination is important as it protects kids who have immature immune systems.

Vaccines also protect children from serious illnesses and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases which include amputation of arm or leg, paralysis of limbs, hearing loss and brain damage.

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Pranav Kaul

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