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Nation's second-largest physician organization committed to
helping raise adult immunization rates, especially among adults
with chronic conditions
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PHILADELPHIA, October 15, 2012 -- The American College of
Physicians (ACP) is urging all adults to get a flu shot and to talk
with their internist about other immunizations they might need.
People who cannot get a flu shot or other immunizations for medical
reasons should talk to their internist about other ways of
"Flu shots and other immunizations can prevent people from
suffering serious illnesses," said David L. Bronson, MD, FACP,
president, ACP. "We need to improve immunization rates for all
adults, especially for people between the ages of 18 to 65 with
ACP advises internists, family physicians, and subspecialists to
capitalize on adult medical visits by conducting an immunization
review to educate patients about the benefits of immunizations and
to assess whether the patient's vaccination status is current,
referring to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC)
Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule.
The list of vaccines that adults should discuss with their
internists includes Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis, whooping
cough), HPV (human papillomavirus), herpes zoster (shingles), MMR
(measles, mumps, and rubella), pneumococcal pneumonia, hepatitis B
(for adults with diabetes), and varicella (chickenpox).
The U.S. adult immunization rates for 2010 were 8.2 percent for
Tdap (for people 19-64 in the past five years), 20.7 percent for
HPV (for women 19-26), 14.4 percent for herpes zoster (for people
60 and older), 18.5 percent for pneumococcal (for people 19-64 who
are at high risk), and 42.0 percent for hepatitis B among adults
(19 to 49) at high risk of infection. Just 39 percent of adults 18
years of age and older received a flu shot in 2011-12.
Immunizations can prevent certain diseases that can be very
serious for people with asthma or diabetes or who have had a
stroke. People who have any of these conditions should get
immunized for flu, pneumococcal pneumonia, whooping cough and
tetanus (Tdap), herpes zoster (only for adults 60 years and older),
and hepatitis B (only for people with type I or type II
While many may be aware of the need to vaccinate children,
immunizations for adults are just as important. According to the
CDC, up to 2 in 100 adolescents and 5 in 100 adults with pertussis
(whooping cough) are hospitalized or have complications, including
pneumonia and death.
"It is also important for physicians to immunize themselves,
their staff members, and other health care workers," added Dr.
Physicians who administer immunizations should ensure
appropriate documentation in the patient's medical record.
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