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January 2010
Policy and Advocacy
Survey Reveals Adult Immunization Practices of IDSA Members

Almost two-thirds of IDSA members who responded to a recent survey believe that ID physicians should administer to their adult patients all vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). That was one of the chief findings of a 2009 survey of IDSA members who indicated they had a clinical practice. The survey was sent to more than 5,600 individuals; 568 responded.

Slightly more than two-thirds of responding members were obtaining the immunization histories for their adult patients, and one-third were administering deficient vaccines. While influenza vaccine was most frequently offered, all ACIP-recommended vaccines were being administered by one-third of respondents.

IDSA’s Immunization Work Group prepared a commentary paper on the survey, which noted two concerns:

  • First, those who had most recently completed a fellowship were least likely to be immunizing, something that should be addressed by internal medicine and ID training programs.
  • Second, the survey identified financial obstacles and programmatic issues (such as access to immunization records) that need to be overcome in order to achieve higher immunization rates for adults.

The survey results and commentary are accessible at:

To view IDSA’s policy principles for strengthening adult and adolescent immunization coverage issued in 2007, visit IDSA’s website.
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