- February 22nd 2012
Not enough adults are receiving recommended vaccinations, and there has been little progress increasing coverage in recent years, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics.
Significant improvement is needed to stem the negative health consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases among adults, said the Feb. 3 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
"We can't give up," said Sandra Fryhofer, MD, American College of Physicians' liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. "Vaccinations are vital to our nation's health, and they save health care dollars over the long term."
At least 45,000 American adults die each year of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. By comparison, fewer than 1,000 Americans die of childhood diseases that are vaccine-preventable, the CDC says.
The report examined 2010 data on six vaccines: pneumococcal, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, herpes zoster, human papillomavirus and tetanus antigen-containing [Read more]