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Flu Shots for Adults (65 and older)

2017 HEDIS Bar Chart for Flu Shots for adults 65 and older graph: VA average 70 percent, non-VA average 72 percent

The graph above shows VA medical center scores compared with non-VA hospital scores for flu shot vaccinations for adults 65 years of age or older. The percentages represent the number of patients 65 years of age and older 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 65 years of age and older 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 65 years of age and older 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?
Flu accounts for 10,000 to 40,000 or more deaths each year in the United States. Older adults are at high risk for developing serious infections (such as pneumonia) following the flu. For this reason, experts recommend that all adults over 65 receive a flu vaccination every year to reduce the risk of developing serious complications if they become infected. Vaccination programs against flu have been shown to reduce the incidence of illness and death and are cost-effective, as well.