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Pneumococcal Vaccination Status for Older Adults

This HEDIS Measure

Assesses adults 65 years older who report ever having received one or more pneumococcal vaccinations.

So What?

Pneumococcal disease is caused by bacteria and can result in a range of ailments, from mild ear infection to meningitis, sepsis and fatal pneumonia.1 Adults over 65, especially those with chronic illness, are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease and death.2 The best way to prevent pneumococcal disease is by getting vaccinated. 

References:

1. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 2014. “Pneumococcal Disease.” Last modified January 31. http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/pneumococal/pages/pneumococcaldisease.aspx

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2014. “Pneumonia Can Be Prevented—Vaccines Can Help.” Last modified February 18. http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Pneumonia/ 

tables
Pneumococcal Vaccinations for Older Adults
  Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2015  -- -- -- 74.0  76.5
2014 71.4 73.0
2013 70.2 73.0
2012 69.8 71.7
2011 69.4 71.7
2010 69.0 70.0
2009 65.4 66.7
2008 63.8 66.5
2007 65.1 65.6
2006 66.1 66.0
2005 70.7 66.4
2004 68.7
2003 68.4
2002 67.6
2001 66.8