Adult vaccination rates in the U.S. lag goals. The COVID pandemic has highlighted this issue in recent months, but there are also gaps in immunization rates for other conditions. Despite the ready availability of vaccines, tens of thousands of U.S. adults die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases.
In April, the National Quality Forum released a report “Opportunities for Advancing Adult Immunization Through Quality Measurement.” The report details priorities for measure development and implementation to address gaps in care related to vaccines. Priorities include:
- Widespread submission of adult immunization information through an immunization information system
- Measurement of vaccinations for healthcare personnel, with ability to stratify by healthcare setting role
- Composite measures to assess overall vaccine status, especially for vulnerable populations
- Zoster recombinant vaccine (shingles) ages 50+ years