HealthDay News — Among adults with diagnosed diabetes, vaccination coverage varies, with influenza vaccination more prevalent than pneumococcal or hepatitis B vaccination, according to a December data brief published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Using data from the National Health Interview Survey, Maria A. Villarroel, PhD, and Anjel Vahratia, PhD, from the NCHS in Hyattsville, Md., describe the receipt of select vaccinations among adults with diagnosed diabetes.

The researchers found that 61.6% of adults aged 18 years and older with diagnosed diabetes had an influenza vaccine in the past year. At some time in the past, 52.6% had a pneumococcal vaccine and 17.1% had the 3-dose vaccination schedule for hepatitis B. Overall, 27.2% of adults aged 60 years and older with diagnosed diabetes had ever had a shingles vaccine. Influenza, pneumococcal, and shingles vaccination coverage was lowest among poor adults, increased with age, and varied based on race and ethnicity. Poor adults had the lowest hepatitis B vaccination coverage, and it decreased with age.

“Among adults aged 18 and over with diagnosed diabetes, influenza vaccination (61.6%) was more prevalent than pneumococcal (52.6%) and hepatitis B (17.1%) vaccination,” the authors write. “Fewer than 3 in 10 (27.2%) adults aged 60 and over with diagnosed diabetes had been vaccinated for shingles.”

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  1. Villarroel MA, Vahratian A. Vaccination coverage among adults with diagnosed diabetes: United States, 2015. National Center for Health Statistics. 6 December 2016.