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Flu Shots for Adults (18 to 64)

2017 HEDIS Bar Chart for Flu Shots for adults (18 to 64) graph: VA average 50 percent, non-VA average 45 percent

The graph above shows VA medical center scores compared with non-VA hospital scores for flu shot vaccinations for adults 18 to 64 years of age. The percentages represent the number of patients 18 to 64 years of age who received a flu vaccination between July 1 of the measurement year and the date when the survey was completed. For this measure, a higher percentage indicates a higher quality of care, with 100 percent being the target.

What is this measure?
This measure uses survey data to assess the percentage of patients 18 to 64 years of age who received a flu vaccination between July 1 of the measurement year and the date when the survey was completed.

What are we measuring?
The number of patients ages 18 to 64 who responded "Yes" to having had a flu shot or flu spray between July 1 of the measurement year and the date when the survey was completed.

Why is this important?
The disease burden of flu is large, and the potential for prevention is high. Flu infections result in significant health care costs each year, and the vaccine is safe and effective. Healthy adults in this age group without high-risk conditions will benefit by reduced number of illnesses, physician visits, missed workdays and antibiotic use, and will have reduced disease transmission from contacts who are at high-risk for flu-related complications.