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New, Interactive Health Web Site Provides Information About a Painful and Often Debilitating Condition Affecting Older Americans
Date:3/31/2009

The New AfterShingles.com Helps Educate Consumers About Shingles and After-Shingles Pain

WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA), the National Pain Foundation (NPF) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) today announced the re-launch of AfterShingles.com, an online resource offering tools and information to help educate consumers about shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), or after-shingles pain, its impact on people's lives and steps to take to help manage the conditions.

"AfterShingles.com is a consumer-focused site that offers fresh, interactive tools such as a Q&A function with a physician and a downloadable pain calendar and check list," said Heather McKenzie, MBA, BSN, RN, senior director of clinical education and quality initiatives for VNAA. "This Web site will help patients talk with their healthcare providers about shingles and PHN."

Shingles affects approximately 1 million Americans each year, and about one in five of those suffering from shingles may go on to develop PHN, or after-shingles pain. PHN pain is often debilitating and may affect quality of life, interrupting daily routines for months or even years. AfterShingles.com is an educational resource that also helps connect patients and caregivers to build a grass roots network of support.

"Pain is one of the most important public health issues facing the United States today, affecting more than one in four Americans and costing the U.S. an estimated $100 billion each year," said John Sebby, vice president of development for the National Pain Foundation. "AfterShingles.com offers a variety of important resources to help people learn about PHN, a very serious type of pain, and let them know that they are not suffering alone."

The new AfterShingles.com also includes a micro site for the Patchwork of Hope Network, an educational program led by
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SOURCE The Visiting Nurse Associations of America; National Pain Foundation; National Council on Aging
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