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Most Seniors Don't Get Shingles Vaccination

A shingles vaccine has been available since 2006, but less than 7 percent of U.S. seniors choose to receive the vaccination, even though this is the demographic most affected by the disease.

In the new study, researchers found that estimated coverage levels were low among all seniors. In fact, ninety-five percent of younger seniors had missed at least one opportunity to be vaccinated, even though they had seen their physician at least once, been hospitalized or visited an emergency department that year.

According to Newswise:

"From the results of an earlier study, the researchers can see that uptake is growing, but at a snail's pace."

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