CMS Releases 2012-2013 Immunizers Guide to Medicare Part B, Medicaid and CHIP Coverage of Seasonal Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccinations
Influenza causes an estimated 226,000 hospitalizations and 3000-49,000 deaths annually in the United States. An estimated ninety percent of seasonal influenza-related deaths occur among those aged 65 or older. Invasive pneumococcal infection (e.g., sepsis, meningitis) causes an estimated 40,000 cases and over 4,000 deaths annually in the U.S. Almost half of deaths due to pneumococcal disease occur in persons aged 65 and older. The Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2020 target vaccination rate for both vaccines is 90 percent for persons aged 65 years and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008 the pneumococcal vaccination rate for persons aged 65 years and older was 60.1 percent. In 2009, the influenza immunization rate for this group was 65.0 percent.
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