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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

Pellesier J, Brisson M, Levin M. Evaluation of the Cost-Effectiveness in the United States of a Vaccine to Prevent Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia in Older Adults. Vaccine. 2007; 25(49): 8326-37. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17980938

Reference

Title
Evaluation of the Cost-Effectiveness in the United States of a Vaccine to Prevent Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia in Older Adults
Publication
Vaccine
Publication Date
2007
Authors
Pellesier J, Brisson M, Levin M
Volume & Issue
Volume 25, Issue 49
Pages
8326-37
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden
  • Economic Burden

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