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  1. Use of shingles vaccine could save $82 to $103 million
    Use of the shingles vaccine in immunocompetent adults ages 60 and older could save between $82 and $103 million in healthcare costs associated with the diagnosis and treatment of shingles,…  
  2. Potential savings from shingles vaccine
    Use of the shingles vaccine in immunocompetent adults ages 60 and older could save between $82 and $103 million in healthcare costs associated with the diagnosis and treatment of shingles,…  
  3. Shingles vaccine could improve QALY and save money
    Vaccination of 1 million people age 60 and over with the shingles vaccine would result in 11,919 non-discounted and 8,782 discounted QALYs (quality of life years) gained and save around…  
  4. Potential cost effectiveness of shingles vaccines
    The projected cost-effectiveness of a shingles vaccine for adults age 60 and older was estimated at $15,390 – $22,474 from the payer perspective, and $14,450 to $21,524 from the societal…  
  5. Shingles vaccine would reduce healthcare use
    Use of the shingles vaccine in immunocompetent adults could eliminate more than 300,000 outpatient visits, 375,000 prescriptions, 9,700 emergency room visits, and 10,000 hospitalizations.  
  6. Use of shingles vaccines significantly reduced disease burden
    Use of a live attenuated VZV (varicella-zoster vaccine) in a randomized trial reduced the burden of illness from shingles by 61.1% and the incidence of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) by 66.5%.  
  7. Shingles vaccine reduces incidence by >50%
    Use of a live attenuated VZV (varicella-zoster vaccine) in a randomized trial reduced the incidence of shingles by 51.3%.  
  8. ~One-third of shingles death preventable with vaccine
    Approximately one-third of shingles deaths may be preventable through vaccination.  
  9. Shingles causes an average of 129 hours lost work per episode
    Patients with shingles (including those progressing to postherpetic neuralgia) lose an average of over 129 hours of work per episode, including losses of 12 or more hours of work time  
  10. Vaccine-eligible account for majority of shingles-related hospitalizations
    The shingles vaccine-eligible population (i.e., persons aged 60 years or older) accounted for 74% of the total annual shingles-related hospital charges in 2004.  
  11. Costs of shingles
    Among patients with acute episodes of shingles, average expenditures ranged from $112 to $287 per episode of outpatient care, $73 to $180 per antiviral treatment, and $3,221 to $7,206 per…  
  12. Shingles pain occurs in ~50% of cases in older adults
    Complications of shingles—including postherpetic neuralgia (PHN)—occur in almost 50 percent of older persons with the disease.  
  13. Shingles causes >50,000 hospitalizations each year
    Shingles causes around 50,000 to 60,000 hospitalizations each year in the United States.  
  14. Increased rate of hospitalization from shingles
    Hospitalization rates for shingles are 75 times higher in people over 85 than those younger than 30.  
  15. 1 in 2 people who live to 85 will get shingles
    Around 1 in 2 people who live to be 85 will get shingles.  
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