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Annual cost of shingles

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Shingles cost ~$1 billion in indirect and direct medical expenses each year.

Herpes Zoster Vaccination Information for Health Care Professionals. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/ professionals/2012-2013-guidance- geriatricians.htm. Published 2012

Reference

Title
Herpes Zoster Vaccination Information for Health Care Professionals
Publication Date
Published 2012
Authors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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