By Steven Reinberg/HealthDay Reporter
Each year, some 45,000 Americans die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines, health officials said Thursday.
Despite this, the number of American adults who get needed vaccines remains low, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“There were some modest increases in coverage, but for very few vaccines,” said Dr. Carolyn B. Bridges, associate director of adult immunization at the CDC and co-author of the report. “Coverage is much lower than we would like to see it.”
The data was published in the Feb. 3 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
According to the report, 2010 (the latest year covered by the report) saw only a small increase in the rate of uptake for just three vaccines.
The rate of the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination increased 1.6 percent, to 8.2 percent. Tdap includes protection against pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Among whites aged 60 and older, use of a vaccine that protects against shingles rose more than 5 percent to 16.6 percent.