Influenza Vaccine Use by Adults in the U.S.

A Snapshot at the End of the 2008-2009 Vaccination Season

by Katherine M. Harris, Jürgen Maurer, Nicole Lurie

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In March 2009, RAND conducted a survey of a nationally representative sample of adults age 18 and over (n=5,203) to collect data on the receipt of the influenza vaccine in the United States during the 2008–2009 vaccination season. This overview of the survey results will provide public health officials and other stakeholders information on vaccination rates for all adults and for adults with one or more of the following indications: being age 50–64 or age 65 or older, being 18–49 and having a high-risk health condition, being a health care worker, or having close personal contact with high-risk individuals.

This survey was conducted with the funding and support of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) performed under the auspices of RAND Health.

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