The flu vaccine is not the only vaccine that Americans could find in short supply due to a lack of enough manufacturing facilities licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In the past six years there have been U.S. shortages of more than half of the 12 recommended childhood vaccines, and there ...
Reviews the evidence for effectiveness of the screening/vaccination programs currently covered by Medicare: influenza and pneumonia vaccinations, screening mammography, cervical smear cytology, and colon cancer screening.
Asthma is increasingly being recognized as an important public health concern for children in the United States. The objective of this project was to create a blueprint for improvement of national policy in this area.
Over the course of 2000, RAND Health engaged an interdisciplinarycommittee of nationally recognized leaders in childhood asthma in a structured group process to arrive at the policy recommendations proposed in Improving Childhood Asthma Outcomes in the United States: A Blueprint for Policy Action.
A set of policy recommendations to promote the development and maintenance of communities in which children with asthma can be swiftly diagnosed, effectively treated, and protected from exposure to harmful environmental factors.
It has been estimated that 962 patients per 100,000 persons 65 years and older will require hospitalization for pneumonia annually; this figure is nearly four times the rate in the general population. The vulnerable older patient is at even greater risk for death and morbidity from pneumonia, and improving quality of care for this high-risk population may lead to substantial reductions in morbidity and mortality.