Garbinsky D, Hunter S, La EM, Poston S, Hogea C. State-level variations and factors associated with adult vaccination coverage: a multilevel modeling approach. Pharmacoecon Open. 2021 Sep;5(3):411-23. doi: 10.1007/s41669-021-00262-x

BACKGROUND: Adult vaccination rates in the USA are generally low and fall short of public health goals.

OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to evaluate the effect of state-level characteristics on adult vaccination coverage in the USA.

This study was a cross-sectional, retrospective analysis of 2015–2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data, conducted from March to October 2019 and including seasonal influenza; pneumococcal; tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap); and herpes zoster (HZ) vaccines. Multilevel logistic regression models examined interstate vaccination coverage variability and assessed the impact of state-level characteristics, with model-adjusted coverage estimated.

RESULTS: Model-adjusted vaccination coverage varied by state, with 35.1–48.1% coverage for influenza (2017), 68.2–80.8% for pneumococcal (2017), 21.9–46.5% for Tdap (2016), and 30.5–50.9% for HZ (2017). Characteristics associated with vaccination included state-level insurance coverage, pharmacists’ vaccination authority, vaccination exemptions, and adult immunization information systems participation, as well as individual-level measures of income and education. After adjusting for these factors, substantial interstate heterogeneity remained.

CONCLUSIONS: Model-adjusted coverage was generally low and varied by state. A small number of state-level characteristics partially explained interstate coverage variability. This and future research assessing additional state characteristics may help determine policies most likely to increase adult vaccination.

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