Shingles vaccine now free for Ontario seniors between 65 and 70

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Shingles affects more than 42,000 people every year in Ontario and can cause various complications such as vision loss and nerve pain.

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Shingles vaccine now free for Ontario seniors between 65 and 70 TORONTO — Ontario seniors between the ages of 65 and 70 can now get the shingles vaccine for free. The Liberal government is spending 68 million over three years to publicly fund the vaccine which will save eligible seniors about 170. Health Minister Eric Hoskins says it will reduce the likelihood of seniors getting the painful infection and reduce visits to hospitals. Shingles affects more than 42000 people every year in Ontario and can cause various complications such as vision loss and nerve pain. The government says studies show the vaccine is “highly effective” when administered in that age group. About 850000 seniors will be eligible and can get the vaccination from their primary care doctor or nurse practitioner.

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