Make Adult Vaccinations as Widespread as Those for Children, Say Immunization Advocates

February 4, 2010
by Robert Lowes
Medscape Today

Between 40,000 and 50,000 adults die each year from vaccine-preventable illnesses, according to the report, published by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Trust for America's Health.

The report, titled "Adult Immunization: Shots to Save Lives," states that one third of adults aged 65 years and older have not been vaccinated against pneumonia, and 30.5% have not been vaccinated against the seasonal influenza.

The report asserted that too many adults go without recommended vaccinations because "our medical system is not set up to ensure adults receive regular preventive care."

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