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MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2008 Jun 20;57(24):653-7.

Influenza vaccination coverage among persons with asthma--United States, 2005-06 influenza season.


During 2006, approximately 6.8 million (9.3%) U.S. children and 16.1 million (7.3%) U.S. adults were reported to have asthma. Since 1964, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended influenza vaccination of all persons with asthma because of the higher risk for medical complications from influenza for those persons. Influenza vaccination coverage of persons with asthma varies by age group and remains below Healthy People 2010 targets of 60% coverage of persons aged 18--64 years with high-risk conditions (14-29 c) and 90% of all persons aged > or =65 years (14-29 a). Influenza vaccination rates of children and older adults with asthma have not been well studied. Using 2006 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data, this report provides the first examination of influenza vaccination rates and related factors across a national sample of persons with asthma aged > or =2 years. The results indicated that 36.2% received influenza vaccination during the 2005--06 influenza season. Vaccination rates remained below target levels among all subgroups examined, including those reporting the greatest number of health-care visits in the past 12 months. The results of this study indicate that influenza vaccination coverage of all persons with asthma can be improved by increasing access to health care and using opportunities for vaccination during health-care visits.

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