What is the role of vaccines in the prevention of herpes simplex virus (HSV) keratitis?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Jim C Wang (王崇安), MD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Ongoing research into HSV vaccination is being conducted. While nearly all developmental vaccines are targeting HSV-2 and genital herpes, evidence suggests that these vaccines may offer cross-protection in preventing ocular HSV-1 infections. [39] However, concerns remain that a boost in immune response to HSV after vaccination may exacerbate herpetic stromal keratitis. [22]


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