RD389 - 2019 Shingles Awareness and Prevention Report – July 15, 2019
House Joint Resolution Number 626 of the 2019 Virginia General Assembly requires the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to submit an annual report regarding actions taken to increase awareness of shingles and shingle prevention. According to the most recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data, 47% of Virginians, 65 and older, received the shingles vaccine, which exceeds the national average and the CDC Healthy People 2020 goal of 30%. However, a new and more effective shingles vaccine has since been named the recommended vaccine for shingles prevention by the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). As a result of the increased demand and the reduced production time, Virginians have experienced a delay in the availability of this vaccine. VDH will continue to work with public and private providers to ensure maximum availability of shingles vaccine to Virginians. In addition, VDH will enhance its efforts to communicate with Virginians about the importance of adult vaccinations.