CDC Report Unveils Low Levels of Adult Vaccination

CDC Report Unveils Low Levels of Adult VaccinationIn a recent report, the vaccination levels among adults were found to be low in the United States. The report was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly. Where there is so much being talked about the advancements made in the field of medical science, it was told that there are as many as 45,000 adults who lose their life after being diagnosed with diseases which could be prevented by vaccines.

The claim was based on assessment of the records from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey. It was told that the report has taken into account results of pneumococcal, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, herpes zoster (shingles) and human papillomavirus vaccines, as well as tetanus antigen-containing vaccines, including tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccine.

After the team compared the results of this survey with the one done in 2009, it was found that there was increase in vaccination rate of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis for those between the age of 19 and 64 by 8.2%, while for those above 60 there was an increase of 14.4%.

There is need for pushing the rate further so that these concerns could be managed within safe limits. Even, there are reports that indicate that Federal health experts are pressing for making vaccinated against human papillomavirus, or HPV, compulsory for boys irrespective of their age.

Though vaccine is being recommended for girls and young women against cervical cancer since 2006, there is need to take step towards male gender also. There is no doubt that vaccine plays a vital role in reducing the risk attached with genital warts in men and women. Perhaps this is why voices are being heard to take preventive steps in capacity to address the rising concern.


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