CDC: Non-Flu Adult Vaccination Rates Largely Unchanged
(HealthDay News) – In 2011, non-influenza vaccination coverage among adults was similar to that of 2010, except for modest increases in human papillomavirus (HPV) among women and in tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) overall and among household contacts of children, according to a report published in the Jan. 29 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.
Walter W. Williams, MD, from the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases in Atlanta, and colleagues used data from the 2011 National Health Interview Survey to examine adult vaccination coverage for select non-influenza vaccines, including pneumococcal vaccine; tetanus toxoid-containing vaccines (including Tdap); and hepatitis A, hepatitis B, herpes zoster, and HPV vaccines.
Compared with 2010, the researchers found that there was a modest increase in Tdap vaccination among 19- to 64-year-olds, and in HPV vaccination among women. Little improvement was seen for other vaccines.
"Substantial increases in vaccination coverage are needed to reduce the occurrence of vaccine-preventable diseases among adults," the authors write. "The Community Preventive Services Task Force and other authorities have recommended that health care providers incorporate vaccination needs assessment, recommendation, and offer of vaccination into routine clinical practice for adult patients."