In mid-November 2009, RAND conducted a survey of a nationally representative sample of adults age 18 and over (n=5,679) to collect data on the uptake of the seasonal influenza vaccine in the United States. The detailed survey data presented here 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 uptake for adults specifically recommended for the vaccine by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including those age 50 or over; persons having certain high-risk medical conditions; health care workers; women who will be pregnant during flu season; residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities; and those having close contact with or caring for children under 5 years of age, persons age 50 or over, or other 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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