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Nearly 1 million Americans develop shingles each year and 10% to 15% of sufferers develop postherpetic neuralgia (PHN)–shingles associated pain that lasts for more than 3 months.

Shingles Sends Nearly 1 Million Americans to the Doctor. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/nn/nn010908.htm. Published January 9 2008

Reference

Title
Shingles Sends Nearly 1 Million Americans to the Doctor
Publisher
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Publication Date
Published January 9 2008
Authors
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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