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released: 19 Dec 2012 author: AIHW media release

Research has shown that vaccinations against influenza and pneumococcal infection can benefit people with obstructive airways disease, which includes asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This report reviews the limited information available in Australia on how many people with asthma and COPD have the vaccination, and finds that the uptake rate is not as high as would be expected if recommendations were being followed. It presents a range of data improvement options that would enhance our ability to monitor vaccination uptake in this and other at-risk population groups.

ISBN 978-1-74249-391-6; Cat. no. ACM 25; 40pp.; $16

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AIHW 2012. Vaccination uptake among people with chronic respiratory disease. Cat. no. ACM 25. Canberra: AIHW.

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