New vaccine for 'hideous' shingles illness should be free for seniors, advocates argue - News Summed Up

New vaccine for 'hideous' shingles illness should be free for seniors, advocates argue


Advocates for Canadian seniors are calling on provincial governments to cover the cost of a new vaccine to protect against shingles, a brutally painful illness that can have debilitating consequences. An existing vaccine is available against shingles — Zostavax — but it's not reported to be as effective in preventing it, especially among older people. The new vaccine to help prevent it is being touted by doctors as a breakthrough in the battle to protect seniors from preventable illnesses. Some advocates for seniors and health professionals are calling for a new shingles vaccine available in Canada in early 2018 to be provided for free. - Sharon LivingstoneShe believes governments should treat vaccine coverage for seniors as a public health issue.


Source: CBC News January 03, 2018 09:56 UTC


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