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More than 30 percent of seniors are not immunized against pneumonia in 36 states
Date:2/4/2010

he United States to assure supplies of vaccines, especially during times of crisis.

The full report is available on TFAH's Web site at www.healthyamericans.org, IDSA's Web site at www.idsociety.org, and RWJF's Web site at www.rwjf.org. The report was supported by a grant from RWJF.

Percent of Seniors NOT Vaccinated Against Pneumonia by State

Rates listed are the number of adults aged 65 and older who have not been vaccinated against pneumonia. 1= Lowest vaccination rate; 51 = Highest vaccination rate. Rankings are based on combining three years of data (2006-2008) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to "stabilize" data for comparison purposes. The pneumococcal vaccine is a one-time shot.

1. District of Columbia (45.6%); 2. Illinois (40.4%); California (39.0%); 4. Florida (37.6%); 5. New York (36.7%); 6. New Jersey (36.5%); 7. Texas (36.3%); 8. (tie) Alabama (36.0%), Alaska (36.0%), Georgia (36.0%), and South Carolina (36.0%); 12. Arkansas (35.8%); 13. New Mexico (35.4%); 14. (tie) Idaho (35.3%) and South Dakota (35.3%); 16. Kentucky (34.8%); 17. Tennessee (34.6%); 18. Michigan (34.2%); 19. (tie) Maryland (33.9%) and Nevada (33.9%); 21. Louisiana (33.7%); 22. Connecticut (33.4%); 23. Mississippi (33.2%); 24. (tie) Indiana (33.1%) and West Virginia (33.1%); 26. Missouri (32.7%); 27. Hawaii (32.1%); 28. Utah (32.0%); 29. Virginia (31.9%); 30. Arizona (31.8%); 31. Ohio (31.6%); 32. Kansas (31.5%); 33. North Carolina (31.2%); 34. Vermont (31.0%); 35. North Dakota (30.6%); 36. Massachusetts (30.4%); 37. Pennsylvania (30.3%); 38. (tie) Delaware (30.0%) and Washington (30.0%); 40. Iowa (29.9%); 41. Nebraska (29.8%); 42. Wyoming (29.7%); 43. (tie) Maine (29.5%) and Wisconsin (29.5%); 45. Minnesota (29.2%); 46. Oklahoma (28.9%); 47. (tie) Montana (28.8%) and New Hampshire (28.8%); 4
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Contact: John Heys
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703-299-0412
Infectious Diseases Society of America
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