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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
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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