Alternate Title: Surveillance of Vaccination Coverage Among Adult Populations - United States, 2015
"Overall, the prevalence of illness attributable to vaccine-preventable diseases is greater among adults aged ≥19 years than among children aged ≤12 years (1--5) attributable in great part to successful childhood vaccination programs. The prevalence of vaccine-preventable illnesses among older persons is especially high (1--4). Vaccinations are recommended throughout a person's lifetime to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases and their sequelae. However, adult vaccination coverage remains low for most routinely recommended vaccines (5) and below Healthy People 2020 targets. In October 2016, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved the adult immunization schedule for 2017 (6). Influenza vaccination is recommended for all adults each year. Other adult vaccinations are recommended for specific populations based on a person's age, health conditions, behavioral risk factors (e.g., injection drug use), occupation, travel, and other indications (6). In February 2016, CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] released the first comprehensive report of adult vaccination coverage that described associations related to respondents' characteristics (e.g., demographic and access to care) (5). This surveillance summary updates those vaccination coverage estimates. The estimates provided in this report can be used by public health practitioners, adult vaccination providers, and the general public to understand better the factors that contribute to low vaccination rates and modify strategies and interventions to improve vaccination coverage."
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/index.html/
MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (May 5, 2017), v.66 no.11