Reuters reports (“Too few…“) on the problem that U.S. adults not receiving necessary vaccines.
“Only 2 percent of U.S. adults last year got a shot that can protect them from painful bouts of shingles, health officials said on Wednesday in a study that shows what they call unacceptably low rates of adult vaccination against a range of diseases.
Adults also failed to get vaccines that can protect them against tetanus, whooping cough and even influenza — despite years of campaigning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] found.”
There are a variety of vaccines and different vaccines only apply to certain demographic groups based on their age, sex and risk factors. Some risk factors are obvious (e.g.: being HIV positive, having sex with prostitutes) but others are more mundate (e.g.: working in the healthcare or public safety sectors, being a first-year college student, traveling abroad).
Here at the Healthcare Economist, I don’t just point out potential problems, I offer solutions: