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Prevention to Break the Cost Trend

Editor’s note: Much of what we read and hear in sound bites from Washington on health reform talks about the promise of bending the cost curve. The area most talked about is prevention and wellness. Don’t bet on prevention behavior changing anytime soon. Most plans make flu shots and other immunizations available at little to no cost. There are free clinics in public health operations. But immunization rates are low.

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CDC data show few adults get needed vaccinations
CDC data found that the best vaccination rates are for influenza and pneumococcal disease, with about 60% of U.S. adults older than 65 getting shots. Fewer than 7% of those older than 60 get a shingles vaccine and only 11% of women ages 19 to 26 get an HPV vaccine. “We know that we have a long way to go to really take advantage of the protection these vaccines can afford,” one physician said. MedPage Today

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July 24, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare, Prevention and Wellness | , ,

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