Awareness and Beliefs about Pneumococcal and Influenza Vaccination among Older African Americans: Results from a Survey of Community-Dwelling Participants at an Urban Senior Center


INTRODUCTION Vaccination rates for pneumococcal disease and influenza do not meet established goals in older minority populations. In southeastern Pennsylvania, 49.1% of older adults (ages 60+) have never been vaccinated agasint invasive pneumococcal disease. Only 43.6% of the poor in southeastern Pennsylvania have ever had a pneumococcal vaccination (versus 51.3% of the non-poor), and only 41.6% of African Americans have ever received a pneumococcal vaccine, compared to 53.6% of Caucasians. OBJECTIVE The objective of this project was to assess potential reasons for these low vaccination rates through a survey of Philadelphia community-dwelling African American older adults.

Poster presentation at the 18th Annual International Meeting of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.