Influenza Vaccination Coverage among People with High-Risk Conditions in the U.S.

  • O'Halloran A
  • Lu P
  • Williams W
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Abstract

Introduction During annual influenza epidemics, rates of serious illness and death are higher among those who have medical conditions, such as pulmonary disease, diabetes, or heart disease, which place them at increased risk of influenza complications. Annual influenza vaccination was recommended for people with high-risk conditions as early as 1960. Methods Data from the 2012-2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System were analyzed in 2014 to estimate national and state-specific influenza vaccination coverage among people aged 18-64 years with high-risk conditions. Prevalence ratios adjusted for demographic and access-to-care characteristics were calculated using logistic regression and predictive marginal models. Results Unadjusted influenza vaccination coverage was 45.4% among adults aged 18-64 years with at least one high-risk condition, compared with 32.9% among those with no high-risk conditions (p

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Authors

  • Alissa C. O'Halloran

  • Peng Jun Lu

  • Walter W. Williams

  • Carolyn B. Bridges

  • James A. Singleton

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