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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.

Interim Results: State-Specific Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Coverage --- United States, August 2009--January 2010

To provide preliminary state-specific estimates of seasonal influenza vaccination coverage, CDC analyzed Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and National 2009 H1N1 Flu Survey (NHFS) data collected during October 2009--February 2010.

CDC found that by January 31, estimated state seasonal influenza vaccination coverage among persons aged ≥6 months ranged from 30.3% to 54.5% (median: 40.6%). Median coverage was 41.2% for children aged 6 months--17 years, 38.3% for adults aged 18--49 years with high-risk conditions, 28.8% for adults aged 18--49 years without high-risk conditions, 45.5% for adults aged 50--64 years, and 69.3% for adults aged ≥65 years.

These results, compared with the previous season, suggest large increases in coverage for children and a moderate increase for adults aged 18--49 years without high-risk conditions. Health departments are encouraged to identify best practices that lead to higher vaccination coverage and implement effective vaccination services (e.g., school-located vaccination programs and office-based protocols, such as reminder/recall and standing orders).

Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), April 30, 2010 / 59(16);477-484. To review the full article, go to:

Click here to compare influenza coverage rates with the Healthy People 2010 Objectives.

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