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Older Americans Getting Pneumonia Shots but Not Enough

AHRQ News and Numbers, October 27, 2010

AHRQ News and Numbers provides statistical highlights on the use and cost of health services and health insurance in the United States.

Between 2000 and 2007, the proportion of Americans age 65 and older who were vaccinated against pneumonia increased from 53 percent to 58 percent, but the rate fell far short of the Healthy People 2010 goal of 90 percent for pneumonia vaccinations in that age group, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Healthy People 2010 is a Federal initiative which provides a framework for prevention for the Nation.

The Federal agency found that by 2007:

  • About 60 percent of the elderly White seniors, 44 percent of elderly Blacks, and 32 percent of Hispanic elders reported being vaccinated against pneumonia.
  • In contrast, the rate for Asians and Pacific Islanders decreased from 42 percent to 34.5 percent.
  • The rates for lower and higher income elderly Americans were 49 percent and 61 percent, respectively.

This AHRQ News and Numbers is based on information in the , which examines the disparities in Americans' access to and quality of health care, with breakdowns by race, ethnicity, income, and education.

For other information, or to speak with an AHRQ data expert, please contact Bob Isquith at or call (301) 427-1539.

Current as of October 2010
Internet Citation: Older Americans Getting Pneumonia Shots but Not Enough: AHRQ News and Numbers, October 27, 2010. October 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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