MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Vaccine rates fail to meet goals among older adults

Courtesy of medicalexpo.com

A white paper recently released by the nonprofit Alliance for Aging Researcher shows that there are a variety of factors that influence vaccination underutilization among seniors.

The paper, titled “Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults,” also outlines recommendations for how government, industry and health care leaders can improve compliance among their patients.

Pneumococcal, shingles, influenza, and tetanus vaccines are cost efficient, frequently recommended among older adults and typically receive coverage from health insurances by varying degrees. These vaccines are suggested to prevent health conditions that have high disease burdens and incidence rates.

Despite this, older adults have low vaccination rates for these illnesses based on the current goals outlined in the Health People 2020 Initiative.

"Vaccinations are available for many of the most common and deadly infectious diseases in older Americans, and can save countless lives and health care dollars," Susan Peschin, president and CEO of the Alliance, said. "Unfortunately, vaccination rates in seniors fall far short of target rates recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We think that there is a lot of low-hanging fruit--in promotion of existing preventive health services, access and administration policies and financial strategies--that would increase utilization and improve public health for older adults. We need to raise the level of importance of immunization among seniors to the level we currently have for children, and then we need to make some basic changes to support it."



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