Immunization policies and vaccine coverage among adults. The risk for missed opportunities.

@article{Williams1988ImmunizationPA,
  title={Immunization policies and vaccine coverage among adults. The risk for missed opportunities.},
  author={Warren W Williams and Mary Hickson and M A Kane and Alan P. Kendal and John S Spika and Alan Richard Hinman},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  year={1988},
  volume={108 4},
  pages={616-25}
}
A substantial proportion of vaccine-preventable diseases occur among adults. Each year, there are more than 20,000 influenza-associated deaths during epidemics, approximately 40,000 deaths related to pneumococcal disease, and one to five cases of diphtheria. More than 300,000 hepatitis B infections occur annually, mostly in patients 15 to 29 years old. From 1982 to 1986, 96% of patients with tetanus were age 20 and older. Among young adults, 5% to 20% are susceptible to rubella and measles, and… CONTINUE READING