Pneumococcal Vaccination Status for Older Adults
This HEDIS Measure
Assesses adults 65 years older who report ever having received one or more pneumococcal vaccinations.
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.
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/