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  1. 1 in 3 people will develop shingles
    An estimated 1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime.  
  2. ~1 million Americans get shingles each year
    Around 1 million Americans get herpes zoster (shingles) each year.  
  3. Lost work due to shingles
    Shingles patients lose an average 129 hours of work per episode.  
  4. Annual cost of shingles
    Shingles cost ~$1 billion in indirect and direct medical expenses each year.  
  5. Postherpetic neuralgia in shingles
    Complications, including postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) occur in ~50% of older persons with shingles.  
  6. Hospitalization rates in shingles patients rises with age
    Hospitalization rates for people with shingles are 75 times higher for people age 85+ than for those under the age of 30.  
  7. High odds of shingles after age 85
    Around 1 in 2 who live to be 85 will get shingles.  
  8. Annual pneumonia, flu, and shingles cases
    Approximate annual number of new cases of leading infectious diseases in US: Pneumonia – 5 to 10 million Influenza – 35 to 50 million Herpes zoster (shingles) – 1 million  
  9. 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.  
  10. Shingles–a common cause of persistent pain–affects 1 in 3 Americans in their lifetime, with half of all cases occurring in people age 60 and older.  
  11. Infectious Diseases
    Between 5 and 10 million Americans acquire pneumonia, 35 to 50 million are afflicted with influenza, and 1 million get herpes zoster (shingles)— each year. Not only are older Americans…  
  12. Infectious diseases lead to hospitalization
    Number of infectious disease cases that lead to hospitalization every year: Pneumonia >1.1 million Shingles 50,000 to 60,000 Influenza 55,000 to 431,000  
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