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% of adults age 65 and older who receive annual flu shot

59%2016

Story Behind the Curve

Last Updated: January 2015

Author: Immunization Program, Vermont Department of Health


In 2013, 65% of Vermont adults 65 years and older reported having received an annual flu vaccination. This rate has remained relatively stable for the past three years, but was 5-10% higher 2006-2010.Flu vaccination is especially important for adults 65 years and older who have a higher risk of hospitalization and death, if they become ill with the flu. Vermonters 65 years and older can receive the flu vaccine at provider practices, pharmacies, flu clinics held throughout Vermont by visiting nurse associations and at some worksites.

Partners

Primary care providers, home health agencies, pharmacists, worksites, media

What Works

Easy access to flu vaccine with no out-of-pocket costs, increased awareness by those 65 years and older of importance of an annual flu vaccination.

Strategy

Public, worksite and provider education, assurance that flu vaccine is widely available throughout the state and provision of vaccine at no-cost to selected populations.Support for efforts to increase flu vaccine receipt among all health care workers

Why Is This Important?

This indicator is part of Healthy Vermonters 2020 (the State Health Assessment) that documents the health status of Vermonters at the start of the decade and the population health indicators and goals that will guide the work of public health through 2020. Click here for more information.

Notes on Methodology

Data is updated as it becomes available and timing may vary by data source. For more information about this indicator, click here.

Due to BRFSS weighting methodology changes beginning in 2011, comparisons between data collected in 2011 and later and that from 2010 and earlier should be made with caution. Differences between data from 2011 forward and earlier years may be due to methodological changes, rather than changes in opinion or behavior.

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