HealthDay News — From 2008 to 2018, there was an increase in shingles vaccination among adults aged ≥60 years, with demographic, socioeconomic, and geographic variations in vaccination rates, according to a data brief published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

Emily P. Terlizzi, MPH, and Lindsey I. Black, MPH, from the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland, present trends in shingles vaccination and variation in demographic, socioeconomic, and geographic characteristics among adults aged ≥60 years

The researchers found that from 2008 to 2018, there was an increase in shingles vaccination from 6.7% to 34.5% among adults aged  ≥60 years. Women were equally as likely as men to have ever received a shingles vaccine in 2018 (35.4% vs 33.5%). Non-Hispanic white adults were more likely than non-Hispanic black and Hispanic adults to have ever received a shingles vaccine (38.6% vs 18.8% and 19.5%, respectively). Those who were not poor and those who had more than a high school education had highest vaccination coverage. There was geographic variation in the percentage of adults aged  ≥60 years who ever had a shingles vaccination, from 26.35% to 42.8% in the East South Central region and West North Central regions, respectively.

“This report’s findings are consistent with previous research regarding disparities in shingles vaccination by demographic and geographic characteristics,” the authors write.


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