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QuickStats: Percentage of Nursing Home Residents Aged >65 Years Who Received Pneumococcal Vaccinations --- United States, 1995, 1997, and 1999


From 1995 to 1999, the percentage of nursing home residents aged >65 years who received 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23) increased by 58.5%. This increase might be attributable, in part, to a 36% increase in the number of residents living in nursing homes with pneumococcal immunization programs. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices continues to recommend PPV23 vaccination for all persons aged >65 years and all residents of nursing homes and other long-term--care facilities (CDC. Recommended adult immunization schedule---United States, October 2004--September 2005. MMWR 2004;53:Q1--Q4.)

SOURCES: Bardenheier B, Shefer A, Tiggle RB, Marsteller J, Remsburg RE. Nursing home resident and facility characteristics associated with pneumococcal vaccination: National Nursing Home Survey, 1995--1999. J Am Geriatr Soc 2005;53:1543--51.

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