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H*4497
Session 123 (2019-2020) 

H 4497  Concurrent Resolution, By Herbkersman
 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO ENCOURAGE THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
 AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO
 TAKE ACTION TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF SHINGLES AND SHINGLES PREVENTION.
View full text 04/30/19 House Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate (House Journal-page 17) 05/01/19 Senate Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence (Senate Journal-page 10)


VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

4/30/2019



H. 4497

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

TO ENCOURAGE THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO TAKE ACTION TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF SHINGLES AND SHINGLES PREVENTION.

Whereas, herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is a disease caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, so any person who has contracted chickenpox during his or her lifetime is at risk for developing shingles; and

Whereas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about ninety-eight percent of adults in the United States are at risk for developing shingles, and nearly one in three people in the nation will develop shingles in his or her lifetime, affecting more than one million Americans each year; and

Whereas, a person's risk of developing shingles increases with age; nearly half of individuals who develop shingles are over sixty years of age, and approximately half of those who reach eighty-five years of age will develop shingles in their lifetime; and

Whereas, according to the CDC, shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful and sometimes severe rash and other symptoms, including long-term nerve pain, fever, headache, chills, upset stomach, muscle weakness, skin infection, scarring, and decreased or loss of vision or hearing; and

Whereas, as many as twenty percent of adults who have contracted shingles will develop postherpetic neuralgia, a debilitating complication of shingles that causes severe pain, which may interfere with sleep and recreational activities and which may be associated with clinical depression; and

Whereas, vaccines have reduced the burden of widespread and often fatal diseases, enabling individuals to lead longer and healthier lives while reducing healthcare costs; and

Whereas, although much attention has been paid to the importance of childhood vaccinations, there is a general lack of awareness concerning adult-recommended vaccines and a misperception that immunizations are unnecessary for healthy adults; and

Whereas, the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend that healthy adults fifty years of age and older be vaccinated against shingles to prevent shingles and shingles-related complications; and

Whereas, despite the recommendations of CDC officials and other experts, as of 2015 only thirty percent of eligible adults had received the shingles vaccine; and

Whereas, the annual economic burden of shingles in American adults is estimated to be between 782 million dollars and five billion dollars, and the Institute of Medicine has stated that missed prevention opportunities is one of the six key causes of excess spending in the United States healthcare system; and

Whereas, residents of South Carolina are encouraged to speak with their healthcare providers during the month of August which is observed as National Immunization Awareness Month to ensure that they have been properly vaccinated against shingles according to current CDC and ACIP recommendations. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, encourage the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Department of Health and Human Services to take action to increase awareness of shingles and shingles prevention.

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