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Shingles in Quebec – personal suffering

16 March 2020
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Shingles in Quebec - personal suffering

Shingles in Quebec – personal suffering

Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. Over 90% of Canadians over the age of 50 have already contracted chickenpox and are therefore likely to develop shingles. Shingles in Quebec, personal suffering and a public health issue

It is estimated that 130,000 Canadians are affected by shingles each year, and in Quebec alone, more than 27,000 medical consultations were caused by shingles in 2015




How does shingles manifest

Shingles usually manifests as a rash with painful vesicles on the chest, abdomen or face. The pain is often described as dull pain, a burning sensation, stabbing or electric shock. The rash is sometimes followed by Postzoster Neuralgia (NPZ), pain that can last for months or years [i]. Older adults and those whose health conditions weaken the immune system are more likely to develop shingles.

  • According to a recent report published by the Quebec Committee on Immunization, shingles generates an average annual cost of $ 25 million for the Quebec healthcare system and is responsible for nearly 600 hospitalizations and 10 deaths each year.
  • People with shingles reported losing an average of 9.1 days from work due to illness.



According to polls

As part of a recent survey conducted by Léger on behalf of GSK to assess the knowledge of Quebecers about shingles and its repercussions, some statistics were released:

  • Over half of the respondents (52%) have contracted shingles or know someone who has it.
  • 78% of people with shingles reported that the disease had seriously affected their quality of life.
  • 85% of respondents know that vaccines exist to prevent shingles.
    60% of Quebecers recognize the importance of immunization against shingles, but 30% believe that they are not at risk of contracting the disease.




Your doctor is your best resource to educate you about shingles and recommend the right vaccines for you.

Shingles in Quebec, personal suffering and a public health issue

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