Navigation Links
Too Many High-Risk Teens Not Getting Flu Shots
Date:11/4/2008

Those with asthma, other conditions have vaccination rates far below goals, study finds

TUESDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Too few American adolescents with asthma and other high-risk illnesses are getting flu shots, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed vaccination rates from 1992 to 2002 for 18,703 adolescents with asthma, cardiac disease, immune system disorders and other conditions.

During the study period, vaccination rates improved, but only from 8 percent to 15 percent. From 1999 to 2002, only 11 percent of the patients received vaccinations during all four seasons, and more than 56 percent received no flu shots during those four years.

There were many missed opportunities, the researchers noted. From 45 percent to 55 percent of the adolescents who had one or more health-care visits during the flu season didn't receive a flu shot. Those who had preventive visits were more likely to receive influenza vaccine.

The findings were published in the November issue of Pediatrics.

"Influenza vaccination has been recommended for adolescents with high-risk conditions for well over a decade," study author Mari Nakamura, a clinical fellow in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston, said in a Harvard Medical School news release.

In children and adolescents with high-risk conditions, flu can lead to severe illness, hospitalization and even death.

Nakamura and colleagues concluded that both parents and health-care providers must be part of any intervention strategy designed to boost flu vaccination rates among high-risk adolescents. For example, letters to parents and electronic reminders to health-care providers have been shown to help improve vaccination rates.

"Our findings lend support for the simplicity of universal vaccination," Nakamura said. "More adolescents, especially those with high-risk conditions, may be vaccinated if providers and parents don't first have to identify who meets criteria for vaccination, as under a risk-based approach."

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about influenza vaccination.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Harvard Medical School, news release, Nov. 3, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Moores UCSD Cancer Center studying novel leukemia vaccine for high-risk patients
2. CoreValve Announces That More Than 1,800 High-Risk Patients Have Been Treated with its ReValving System for Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement (PAVR) : Highly encouraging registry data also presented at TCT 2008
3. LifeMasters Announces Agreement to Offer Disease Management Services to High-Risk Wisconsin Residents
4. 3-D MRI technique helps radiologists detect high-risk carotid disease
5. Study finds more PSA screening awareness needed among high-risk groups
6. Repeat Colonoscopies Underused in High-Risk Patients
7. Repeat Colonscopies Underused in High-Risk Patients
8. BRCA Mutations Dont Spot All High-Risk Women
9. Second breast cancer may be greater than thought for high-risk women without BRCA mutations
10. U of M study: Online intervention paramount for reducing HIV in high-risk population
11. Study Finds Mass Media Campaigns Alone Can Effectively Reduce High-Risk Sexual Behavior Among Impulsive, Sensation-Seeking Young Adults
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Too Many High-Risk Teens Not Getting Flu Shots
(Date:2/8/2016)... Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 ... ... serving the Indianapolis, IN metro area, has selected the latest beneficiary of their ... nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing bullying in area schools. Donations are now being ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Delta Dental of California and its affiliated companies ... Gary D. Radine, who recently retired as president and CEO of Delta Dental of ... CEO of the Year , helped lead the effort to raise funds for studies ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Remember the old saying “rub some ... to Perry A~, author of “Calcium Bentonite Clay” the health benefits of integrating clay ... and detoxifying the body. , A former motivational speaker, Perry A~ has since dedicated ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... a wide variety of organizations. DocuSyst provides a cloud hosted environment for ... Some installations include integration with various 3rd party applications using the FileHold web ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... Encinitas, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 ... ... study showing greater than 50% lower incidence rate of type 2 diabetes in ... national averages. ”It is time to make a change in public health,” states ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... 5, 2016 Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN ) will ... Healthcare Conference at 9:15 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 10, ... David W. Meline , executive vice president and chief financial ... of the presentation can be accessed from the Events Calendar ... of the webcast will also be available on Amgen,s website ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , Feb. 5, 2016  As people age, it ... multitude of recommended screenings and tests that are linked ... priority. However, for the majority of aging individuals, hearing ... planning. For the 37.5 million American adults who report ... present to make hearing health a 2016 healthy aging ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , Feb. 5, 2016 Aethlon Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... Chairman and CEO, will be presenting at Source Capital Group,s ... York, NY at 2:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, ... Immunotherapy Panel discussion taking place at 3:15 p.m. ET. ... approximately one hour after the conclusion of the live event. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: