More Seniors Getting Pneumonia Shots, But Some Lag Behind
The overall proportion of Americans age 65 and older who have ever been vaccinated against pneumonia, a leading killer of seniors, increased from 53% to 60% between 2000 and 2008, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Specifically, AHRQ found that in 2008:
- Almost two-thirds (65%) of high-income seniors reported ever being vaccinated against pneumonia compared with less than half (46%) of poor seniors.
- Only 52% of seniors who live in a large inner-city area, where residents tend to be low-income and minority, reported ever being vaccinated against pneumonia compared with 64% of seniors who live in medium-size cities.
- Just 37% of Hispanic seniors reported ever being vaccinated against pneumonia compared with 65% of White seniors. The proportion of Asian and Black seniors who have ever been vaccinated against pneumonia fell in between — 46% and 45%, respectively.
This AHRQ News and Numbers is based on information in Chapter 2 of the 2010 National Healthcare Quality Report.
The report examines Americans’ access to and quality of health care.