Bill Text: NJ SR70 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Amended

Bill Title: Encourages people aged 50 or older to receive shingles vaccine.*

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Passed) 2018-12-17 - Filed with Secretary of State [SR70 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-SR70-Amended.html

[First Reprint]








Sponsored by:


District 30 (Monmouth and Ocean)


Co-Sponsored by:

Senator A.R.Bucco






     Encourages people aged 50 or older to receive shingles vaccine.



     As reported by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on October 15, 2018, with amendments.


A Senate Resolution encouraging people 1[fifty years and] aged 50 or1 older to 1[get] receive1 the shingles vaccine.


Whereas, Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox, which stays dormant in the body after recovery from chickenpox; and

Whereas,  Anyone who has recovered from chickenpox may develop shingles, and though it is unclear why the virus reactivates, the risk of the virus reactivating and causing shingles significantly increases with age; and

Whereas, The rash, consisting of blisters that typically scab in 1[7] seven1 to 1[ten]101 days and take 1[2] two1 to 1[4] four1 weeks to clear 1[up]1, usually occurs in a single stripe around one side of the face or body; and

Whereas, Even after the rash clears 1[up]1, 1the1 complications of shingles cause more than 1[ten]101 percent of adults to experience long-term pain in the areas where the rash was and can take weeks or months to subside; and

Whereas, Almost all adults are at risk of 1[getting] contracting1 shingles as studies show that more than 1[ninety-nine] 991 percent of Americans 1[forty years and older had] aged 40 or older have contracted1 chickenpox; and

Whereas, Although contact with 1the1 fluid from shingles blisters can cause chickenpox in someone who 1has1 never 1[had] contracted1 chickenpox or 1[a] received the1 chickenpox vaccine, shingles cannot be 1[passed] transmitted1 from one person to another; and

Whereas, Nevertheless, nearly 1[1 out of 3] one in three1 people in the United States will 1[get] contract1 shingles as a result of the dormant virus in their body reactivating, and there are an estimated 1[1] one1 million cases of shingles each year in the United States; and

Whereas, The most effective way to reduce the risk of developing shingles is to 1[get] be1 vaccinated; and

Whereas, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults 1[fifty years and older get] aged 50 or older receive1 two doses of the shingles vaccine, 1[2 to 6] spaced two to six1 months apart, to prevent 1[against]1 the risk of shingles and 1its1 complications 1[caused by shingles]1; and

Whereas, Two doses of the recommended vaccine is 1[ninety-seven] 971 percent effective 1[at] in1 preventing shingles in adults between 1[fifty and sixty-nine years old] the ages of 50 and 691; and

Whereas, In adults 1[age seventy years and older] aged 70 or older1 the vaccine is more than 1[ninety] 901 percent effective 1[at] in1 preventing shingles and 1[stays] remains1 more than 1[eighty-five] 851 percent effective for at least the first 1[4] four1 years 1[after getting vaccinated] following the individual's vaccination1; and

Whereas, More than 1[a] one-1 third of New Jersey's approximately 1[9] nine1 million residents are over the age of 1[fifty] 501; and

Whereas, It is fitting and proper for this House to promote a healthy society by 1[spreading] increasing1 awareness of shingles and encouraging 1[appropriate]1 adults to 1[get] receive1 the shingles vaccine 1when medically appropriate1; now, therefore,


     Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey:


     1.    This House encourages people 1[fifty years and older] aged 50 or older1 to 1[get] receive1 the shingles vaccine, as medically appropriate.


     2.    Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, shall be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the New Jersey Department of Health and AARP New Jersey.