Adult Immunization: Shots to Save Live

Adult Immunization: Shots to Save Live

A new report from the Trust for America's Health, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that in 2008 more than 30 percent of adults age 65 and older had not been immunized, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, against pneumonia. The report, Adult Immunization: Shots to Save Lives (28 pages, PDF), also found that the millions of American adults who forgo routine and recommended vaccinations each year results in an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 preventable deaths, thousands of preventable illnesses, and $10 billion in preventable healthcare costs annually. Key reasons why adult vaccination rates remain low in the United States include limited access, limited care and insurance coverage, and misinformation about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.