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Midseason Influenza Vaccine Use by Adults in the U.S.

A Snapshot as of Mid-November 2008

Published Dec 7, 2008

by Katherine M. Harris, Jürgen Maurer, Nicole Lurie

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In mid-November, RAND conducted a survey of a nationally representative sample of adults age 18 and over (n=3,969) to collect data on the receipt of the influenza vaccine in the United States. This overview of the survey results will inform public health officials and other stakeholders about progress toward vaccinating adults prior to the end of the vaccination season in late winter while action can still be taken to improve vaccination rates for this flu season. In particular, it provides information on vaccination rates for adults with one or more of the following indications: age 50 or older; having a high-risk health condition; being a health-care worker; or those who have contact with or are caring for young children, elderly, or high-risk individuals.

This survey was conducted with the funding and support of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The research described in this report was performed under the auspices of RAND Health.

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