In the U. S., vaccination efforts have decreased deaths due to childhood vaccine-preventable diseases to less than 500 per year. In contrast, during an average year, nearly 50,000 adults die from diseases that are preventable through vaccination. Approximately 36,000 adults die from influenza, over 6,000 from invasive pneumococcal disease, and 5,000 from hepatitis B.
Influenza Vaccination Coverage
Data from the 2006 and 2007 National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys indicate that influenza vaccination coverage among adults for the 2006--07 season was 26% -- 35.1% among persons aged 18--49 years with high-risk conditions, 36%--42.0% among all persons aged 50--64 years, and 66%--72.1% among all persons aged >65 years.
However, vaccination coverage remained well below Healthy People 2010 targets. Increasing influenza vaccination coverage among adults in the United States will require more cooperation among health-care providers, professional organizations, vaccine manufacturers, and public health departments to raise public awareness about influenza vaccination and to ensure continued distribution and administration of available vaccine throughout the vaccination season.
For a more detailed discussion of coverage levels among specific groups, beliefs and attitudes toward influenza vaccination, and Strategies to Increase Adult Vaccination Rates, see Prevention and Control of Influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, August 8, 2008, Vol. 57/No. RR-7, pp. 22-24. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr5707.pdf
For more information about the 2006 and 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys, see State-Specific Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Adults --- United States, 2006--07 Influenza Season, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, September 26, 2008 / 57(38);1033-1039. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5738.pdf
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