Older Americans getting pneumonia shots, but not enough
Between 2000 and 2007, the proportion of Americans aged 65 and older who were vaccinated against pneumonia increased from 53 percent to 58 percent. However, the rate fell far short of the Healthy People 2010 goal of 90 percent for pneumonia vaccinations in that age group, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Healthy People 2010 is a Federal initiative that provides a framework for prevention for the Nation.
AHRQ found that by 2007:
- About 60 percent of elderly white seniors, 44 percent of elderly blacks, and 32 percent of Hispanic elders reported being vaccinated against pneumonia.
- In contrast, the rate for Asians and Pacific Islanders decreased from 42 percent to 34.5 percent.
- The rates for lower- and higher-income elderly Americans were 49 percent and 61 percent, respectively
This AHRQ News and Numbers is based on information on pages 70-71 in the 2009 National Healthcare Disparities Report. The Report examines the disparities in Americans' access to and quality of health care, with breakdowns by race, ethnicity, income, and education.
For more information, or to speak with an AHRQ data expert, please contact Bob Isquith at Bob.Isquith@ahrq.hhs.gov or call (301) 427-1539.
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