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Keywords:

  • Adult vaccination;
  • influenza vaccination;
  • national estimate;
  • pediatrician

Please cite this paper as: Toback and Ambrose (2012) A multi-season national estimate of adult influenza vaccination by US office-based pediatricians, 2006–2011. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 6(4), 231–234.

There is no national estimate of adult influenza vaccination by US office-based pediatricians. De-identified patient-level data from an electronic healthcare claims database submitted to private and public insurers were analyzed for pediatric offices from the 2006–2007 through 2010–2011 seasons. An average of 321 000 (range: 225 000–434 000) influenza vaccinations per year were estimated to be administered to adults; 52%, 22%, and 26% were given to adults 19–49, 50–64, and ≥65 years of age, respectively. Consistent with the 2010 changes to national guidelines, recommending influenza vaccination of all individuals 6 months of age and older, pediatricians appear to be providing an increasing proportion of adult vaccinations against influenza to adults 19–49 years of age (probably parents of their pediatric patients).