CDC says more people with asthma getting flu shots

CDC: more people with asthma getting flu shots

(HealthDay)—Influenza vaccination has increased substantially among people with asthma since the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) expanded recommendations for annual vaccinations, though all age groups fall short of Healthy People 2020 targets, according to a report published in the Dec. 6 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Matthew J. Lozier, Ph.D., of the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed data from the 2010 and 2011 National Health Interview Surveys to ascertain the degree of annual among people with asthma aged 2 and older since the ACIP issued its updated recommendations.

The ACIP's original recommendation, issued starting in 1964, advised yearly flu shots for people 6 months and older with asthma; the updated recommendation has been expanded to include all people 6 months and older. During the 2010/2011 influenza season, vaccination coverage among people with asthma increased to 50 percent, from 36 percent five years earlier. This represents an improvement but is still far below the Healthy People 2020 targets of 80 and 90 percent for high-risk children and adults, respectively.

"These findings highlight the need to educate and persons with about the importance of annual influenza vaccination," the authors write.

More information: Full Text

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

CDC: Most teen immunizations on the rise

Aug 30, 2013

(HealthDay)—Vaccination coverage in youths for tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) has been increasing since 2009, but there is still a ways to go before ...

ACIP announces recommended 2013 adult immunization schedule

Jan 28, 2013

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) announced its recommended 2013 adult immunization schedule that includes important updates to the pneumococcal, Tdap (tetanus, ...

CDC: 2012-2013 flu vaccine not as effective in elderly

Feb 25, 2013

(HealthDay)—Vaccination against influenza for the 2012/2013 flu season appears to be moderately effective in reducing the need for outpatient medical attention, but the effect is lower in the elderly, according ...

Recommended for you

A cause of age-related inflammation found

Nov 06, 2014

As animals age, their immune systems gradually deteriorate, a process called immunosenescence. It is associated with systemic inflammation and chronic inflammatory disorders, as well as with many cancers. ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.