A systematic approach to vaccination is necessary to ensure that every adult is appropriately protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. Every visit by an adult to a health-care provider should be an opportunity to review and update immunization status. Health-care providers and individuals should maintain detailed records about each person's vaccination history.
Pneumonia and influenza are the fifth leading cause of death in older adults in the U.S. While vaccines are available to prevent and reduce complications from these diseases, their use is suboptimal. African Americans and Hispanics have significantly lower influenza and pneumococcal immunization rates compared to the rest of the population. While influenza vaccination coverage rates for whites age 65 and older is 68%, it is only 48% for African Americans, and 54 percent for Hispanics. The gap for pneumococcal vaccination coverage is even wider, with 60 percent of whites reporting they have ever received this vaccine, compared with 38 percent for African-Americans and 36 percent for Hispanics. (Source: CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 1999 and 2001).
This page provides information, resources, and tools to help support clinicians, including community vaccinators, in administering vaccines for influenza, pneumococcal and hepatitis B vaccinations.
Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule
Screening Questionaire for Adult Immunizations
Standards for Adult Immunization Practices
Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunizations
Guidelines for Vaccinating Pregnant Women
Use of Standing Orders to Increase Adult Vaccination Rates
Vaccination in Long-Term Care Facilities
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Free Subscription
Centers fro Medicare/Medicaid Services Adult Immunization Resources for Providers