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Prevalence and Incidence of Shingles

Incidence (annual) of Shingles:

500,000 cases (NIAID) ... see also overview of Shingles.

Incidence Rate:

approx 1 in 544 or 0.18% or 500,000 people in USA [Source statistic for calcuation: "500,000 cases (NIAID)" -- see also general information about data sources]

Incidence extrapolations for USA for Shingles:

499,999 per year, 41,666 per month, 9,615 per week, 1,369 per day, 57 per hour, 0 per minute, 0 per second. [Source statistic for calculation: "500,000 cases (NIAID)" -- see also general information about data sources]

Lifetime risk for Shingles:

2 in 10 lifetime (NIAID)

Prevalance of Shingles:

This year, more than 500,000 people will develop shingles. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus): NIAID)

More Statistics about Shingles:

  • Hospitalization statistics
  • All statistics for Shingles

    About prevalence and incidence statistics:

    The term 'prevalence' of Shingles usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Shingles at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Shingles refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Shingles diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.


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