Varicella Surveillance Report 2000 - 2007
Varicella Surveillance Report 2008 - 2009
Varicella Surveillance Report 2010
Surveillance of Varicella and Herpes Zoster in Europe as of November 2010 [2010 data]
This EUVAC.NET report provides an overview of the surveillance systems in place for varicella and herpes zoster as of November 2010, and analyses possible and future strategies for varicella and zoster surveillance in Europe.
Factsheet about varicella
Varicella is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), which also causes shingles (herpes zoster). The virus typically affects children aged 2‒8 years.
Prevention and control measures for varicella
A vaccine is available which protects against the varicella virus; however policies on vaccine use vary across the EU. Varicella vaccination for all children is only recommended at national level in five countries (for the list of those countries see the ECDC vaccine scheduler). In most countries vaccination is available for adolescents without history of varicella and for the people who have higher risk of coming into contact with the varicella virus, like healthcare workers.
Public health guidance on varicella vaccination in the European Union
The Vaccine Preventable Diseases programme of ECDC has set up a working group to provide guidance to the European Union Member States on the potential introduction of varicella vaccination.