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New evidence on shingles

Government advisors will consider new evidence on the epidemiology and cost of herpes zoster infection recorded in primary care.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation are currently considering an analysis of data from the UK General Practice Database which found the mean direct cost of shingles was £103 per patient treated in primary care, and £341 for every patient treated for post-herpetic neuralgia, a complication shingles.

Professor Judy Breuer, professor of virology at Queen Mary University of London and author of the paper published online in Epidemiology and Infection, told Pulse that the research ‘will form part of the JCVI's decision-making process'.

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