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Seniors to Receive Shingles Vaccine Free of Charge

Starting September 15, 2016, the shingles vaccine will be available free of charge for Ontarians 65 to 70 years of age, saving approximately $170 for eligible seniors.

This important new investment will reduce the likelihood of Ontario seniors developing what can be a very serious and painful infection.

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. In seniors it results in a painful rash and can lead to complications such as loss of vision and debilitating nerve pain. Studies show that the vaccine is highly effective when seniors are vaccinated between the ages of 65 and 70.

Those who are eligible for the shingles vaccine should contact their primary care provider to receive the vaccination.

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For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only).

Older workers bring valuable skills and experience to the workplace.

The Workplace Safety & Prevention Services has created factsheets about the importance of keeping older workers healthy and safe in the workplace:

Have questions? Call: 1-877-494-WSPS (9777) or visit

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