State-specific influenza vaccination coverage among adults--United States, 2006-07 influenza season.MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2008 Sep 26; 57(38):1033-9.MM
Adult groups included in the 2008 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendation for annual influenza vaccination include all persons aged >/=50 years, women who will be pregnant during the influenza season, persons aged 18-49 years with high-risk conditions, and other persons at increased risk for complications from influenza. Health-care personnel and household contacts and caregivers of persons at high risk also should receive annual influenza vaccination, as should adults who want to reduce their risk for becoming ill with influenza or for transmitting it to others. Healthy People 2010 influenza vaccination coverage targets are 90% among all persons aged >/=65 years and 60% among persons aged 18-64 years who have one or more high-risk conditions. Data from the 2006 and 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys indicate that influenza vaccination coverage among adults for the 2006-07 season increased significantly compared with the 2005-06 season, reaching 35.1% among persons aged 18-49 years with high-risk conditions, 42.0% among all persons aged 50-64 years, and 72.1% among all persons aged >/=65 years. However, vaccination coverage remained well below Healthy People 2010 targets. Increasing influenza vaccination coverage among adults in the United States will require more cooperation among health-care providers, professional organizations, vaccine manufacturers, and public health departments to raise public awareness about influenza vaccination and to ensure continued distribution and administration of available vaccine throughout the vaccination season.