Even Terry Bradshaw has a good handle on Shingles

02 Sep

Too bad Terry Bradshaw didn’t pop in for a visit at the Royal’s clubhouse, he seems to be pretty aware of the pain and disability associated with Chicken Pox and Shingles.

Kansas City is a lock for the postseason – that’s KC topping out at 100% probability:

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What’s one thing that could completely undermine the Royal’s season? How about getting blindsided by a completely vaccine-preventable illness* with a long incubation time that could lead to numerous infections?

Relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera, left, and outfielder Alex Rios, right

Relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera, left, and outfielder Alex Rios, right

Completely preventable? The vaccine is about as likely to prevent infection by varicella  as the Royals are likely to get in the playoffs

Data from CDC

Data from CDC

With an incubation time of 10-21 days, varicella infection may not show up for some time after exposure, meaning that any previously unimmunized players may still come down with the pox. Fortunately, vaccination may still be done and be effective in preventing illness up to 5 days after infection, so intervention may be successful. Cross your fingers Royals fans. We can only hope that the management for the Royals as well as other teams are now up to speed on having their players fully vaccinated.

Oh – and for those of us who have had Chicken Pox at some time in our lives, here’s Terry to talk to you about getting vaccinated to prevent Shingles…

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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


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One response to “Even Terry Bradshaw has a good handle on Shingles

  1. cloudymediablog

    September 4, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Herrera & Rios are both old enough not to have been vaccinated as part of their normal vaccine schedules (born 1989 & 1981, respectively), but what are the chances that they both didn’t get chickenpox as kids? Shingles aside, chickenpox reactivation in healthy adults is a very rare occurrence. You raise a great point here, however, that vaccination of the team (“ring” design gaining popularity because of the Ebola vaccine) may just work to squash any chance of spreading throughout the rest of the team. Nice write up.


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