Questions for Lindsey Black, Health Statistician and Lead Author of “Influenza Vaccination in the Past 12 Months Among Children Aged 6 Months–17 Years: United States, 2019.”
Q: Is this the most recent data you have on this topic? If so, when will you release 2020 vaccination data?
LB: Yes, this is the most recent data. 2020 data will be released in the fall of 2021.
Q: Do you have influenza vaccination data for adults?
LB: Yes, some information on adults is available in the interactive summary health statistics for adults, located at : https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/shs.htm
Q: Do you have trend data that goes further back than 2019?
LB: Influenza vaccination has been collected as part of the sample child on NHIS since about 2005. However, in 2019, there were significant changes to the survey and we have not yet evaluated how that may result in a break in the trend, or the appropriateness of assessing trends across survey period (2019 vs earlier than 2019).
Q: Was there a specific finding in the data that surprised you from this report?
LB: I found it surprising that the amount of regional differences observed. It is so interesting that starting at the East South Central states, and moving North, we see a gradual improvement to 65.3% of children lving in New England that had a vaccination.
Q: Where can I get COVID vaccination data? Will this be included in future NHIS data?
NHIS began collecting that and it will be included in the 2021 data release in the fall of 2022. In the meantime, Covid-19 vaccinations in the United States provided by CDC are located at: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations