July 22, 2009
Vaccinations are responsible for reducing disease and death; however, vaccinations among certain population subgroups remain low, and national health objectives have not been met. Despite 2010 influenza and pneumococcal vaccination objectives of 90% for adults 65 and over and 60% for younger, high-risk adults, only 66% of the former and 35% of the latter received an influenza vaccination during the 2006-2007 vaccination period. Also, only 60% of those 65 years and over have ever received a pneumococcal vaccination, and levels vary a great deal by race and ethnicity.
For more, including information about tetanus and HPV vaccination coverage, visit the report.
July 1, 2009
Did you know–
- More woman than men get married before age 40 (86% compared with 81%).
- Non-Hispanic black men and women aged 25–44 have
lower percentages who have ever been married than non-Hispanic white and Hispanic persons of the same age.
- The probability of first marriage by age 18 is low for both men and women: 6% for women and 2% for men.
- There is a 50% probability that women will have married for the first time by the age of 25. Not until age 27 is there a 50% probability that men will have married for the first time.
For more information, which comes from the National Survey of Family Growth, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db18.pdf.
June 24, 2009
Are you looking for statistics on the health of U.S. children? You may want to check out the site for the National Survey of Children’s Health, a project of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative. You can search the 2007 data set by clicking here. Or, you can find out more about the the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health by visiting their website.
June 17, 2009
This past February, NCHS released its annual report on the nation’s health, Health, United States, 2008. This report contained a wealth of information on a wide variety of health topics, as well as a special feature on the health of young adults aged 18-29.
This report can serve as a unique resource for reporters, pointing them in the direction of the information they need. At the bottom of each trend table is a “SOURCE,” which identifies the agency and survey from which the data came. This can be useful in finding more recent data from the correct source.
To access this comprehensive report, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm. This is a large file, so it may take a few minutes to download. The report is also available in print format and can be requested through the NCHS Office of Public Affairs.
June 10, 2009
Today, NCHS is releasing “The National Nursing Home Survey: 2004 Overview.” This report examines data from the survey and highlights key findings related to the quality of care, including advance directives, emergency care, and medications taken by nursing home residents. The data highlights include the following:
• In 2004, there were 1.7 million nursing home beds in the United States compared with 1.9 million beds in 1999.
• The number of nursing home residents decreased from 1.6 million in 1999 to 1.5 million in 2004.
• Mental disorders were the second leading primary diagnosis among residents at the time of interview (22%). This represents more than a 20-percent increase over the 1999 estimate, when 18% of nursing home residents had a primary diagnosis for a mental disorder at the time of interview.
• Almost 9 percent of current residents had a fall reported in the 30 days prior to the facility interview.
• About 65 percent of current nursing home residents had at least one type of advance directive.
• In the 90 days prior to the facility interview, almost 11 percent of current nursing home residents had at least one hospitalization or emergency department visit while in the care of the nursing home.
For more information or to speak with one of the report’s authors, please contact the NCHS Press Office at 301-458-4800. The report can be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_13/sr13_167.pdf.
June 3, 2009
A new Health E-Stat from the National Center for Health Statistics provides estimates of emergency department (ED) capacity. The role of EDs has expanded over the past few decades from treating seriously ill and injured patients to providing urgent unscheduled care to patients unable to gain timely access to their doctors. As the ED begins to “board” patients, the space, the staff, and the resources available to treat new patients are further reduced.
A consequence of overcrowded emergency departments (EDs) is ambulance diversion, in which EDs close their doors to incoming ambulances. The resulting treatment delay can be catastrophic for the patient, but approximately 500,000 ambulances are diverted annually in the United States (i.e., one ambulance diversion per minute).
For more information, visit the Health E-Stat at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/ed_capacity/ED_capacity.pdf.
May 27, 2009
The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) gathers information on family life, marriage and divorce, pregnancy, infertility, use of contraception, and men’s and women’s health. The survey results are used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others to plan health services and health education programs and to do statistical studies of families, fertility, and health.
Key statistics from NSFG can be found at the following web address: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nsfg/abclist.htm.