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Percentage Who Have Ever Had a Pneumonia Vaccination by Year, Adults Age 65+, New Mexico and U.S., 2004 to 2017

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Why Is This Important?

Recommended immunizations for adults aged 65 years and older include a yearly immunization against influenza (flu) and a one-time immunization against pneumococcal disease. Most of the deaths and serious illnesses caused by influenza and pneumococcal disease occur in older adults and others at increased risk for complications of these diseases because of other risk factors or medical conditions. Barriers to adult immunization include not knowing immunizations are needed, misconceptions about vaccines, and lack of recommendations from health care providers.

  • Break*Break in the trend line for BRFSS weighting method difference.


The estimated percentage of New Mexico adults age 65 and older who have ever had a pneumonia immunization as reported by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Question wording: Have you ever had a pneumonia shot? A pneumonia shot or pneumococcal vaccine is usually given only once or twice in a persons lifetime and is different from the flu shot. Have you ever had a pneumonia shot? U.S. is median value for 50 U.S. states and D.C.

Data Notes

Estimates for 2011 and forward should not be compared to earlier years (please refer to Data Interpretation Issues, below).

Data Sources

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:The number of survey respondents age 65 and older who have ever had a pneumonia immunization . Data were weighted to adjust for effects of sample design and to represent the population distribution of adults by sex, age group, and area of residence.
Denominator:The total number of survey respondents age 65 and older, excluding missing, "Don't Know" and "Refused" responses.

Data Issues

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is an ongoing survey of adults about health-related behaviors, health conditions, and preventive services. Data are collected in all 50 states, D.C., and U.S. territories. The survey is conducted using scientific telephone survey methods for landline and cellular phones (with cellular since 2011). The landline phone portion of the survey excludes adults living in group quarters such as college dormitories, nursing homes, military barracks, and prisons. The cellular phone portion of the survey includes adult students living in college dormitories but excludes other group quarters. Beginning with 2011, the BRFSS updated its surveillance methods by adding in calls to cell phones and changing its weighting methods. These changes improve BRFSS' ability to take into account the increasing proportion of U.S. adults using only cellular telephones. Because of these changes, the data from years prior to 2011 are not directly comparable to data from 2011 and later. Please see the [[a href="/nmibis-view/docs/Query/BRFSS/BRFSS_fact_sheet_Aug2012.pdf BRFSS Method Change Factsheet]]. Responses have been weighted to reflect the New Mexico adult population by age, sex, ethnicity, geographic region, marital status, education level, home ownership and type of phone. The "missing" and "don't know" responses are not included when calculating a percentage.

Health Topic Pages Related to: Immunization - Pneumonia Vaccination, Adults Age 65+

Community Health Resources and Links

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

Indicator Data Last Updated On 01/31/2019, Published on 02/17/2020
New Mexico Immunization Program, Public Health Division, New Mexico Department of Health, 1190 S. St. Francis Drive, S-1264, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Contact: