Silver Book Fact

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.

Patel M, Gebremariaum A, Davis M. Herpes Zoster-Related Hospitalizations and Expenditures Before and After Introduction of the Varicella Vaccine in the United States. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2008; 29(12): 1157-63. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18999945

Reference

Title
Herpes Zoster-Related Hospitalizations and Expenditures Before and After Introduction of the Varicella Vaccine in the United States
Publication
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Patel M, Gebremariaum A, Davis M
Volume & Issue
Volume 29, Issue 12
Pages
1157-63
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • Medicare hospitalization rates from pneumonia
    Elderly Medicare patients are hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia at a rate of 18.3 per 1000, compared to 4 per 1000 in younger populations.  
  • Enormous annual direct cost of HAIs to hospitals
    The annual direct cost of healthcare-associated infections to U.S. hospitals ranges from $28.4 billion to $45 billion.  
  • 1 in 20 age 85+ will have pneumonia
    Every year 1 in 20 Americans age 85+ will have an episode of community-acquired pneumonia.  
  • Antibacterial resistant pathogens responsible for most of 99,000 HAI related deaths
    The majority of the 99,000 patients who die from healthcare-associated infections each year, are due to antibacterial-resistant pathogens.  
  • Higher hospitalization costs due to pneumonia
    Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for pneumonia have $15,682 higher expenses than those without the infection.