The Overlooked Issue of Shingles Infections in Older Canadians, And How to Address It!
National Institute on Ageing
March 1, 2022
Description / Summary
Shingles infections affect an estimated 90,000 Canadians aged 50 years and over each year, and cost the health care system approximately $67-82 million.
Despite its prevalence—particularly among older adults—and the risk of serious health complications, only 27% of Canadians aged 50 years and over report having a shingles vaccine, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
This report from the National Institute on Ageing reveals that there has been a patchwork approach to shingles vaccination across the country, which does not adequately address the prevalence, seriousness or costs of the disease, and outlines eight evidence-informed policy recommendations.