Influenza vaccine

What It Means
Pneumonia patients age 50 years and older, hospitalized during October, November, December, January, February or March who were screened for influenza vaccine status and were vaccinated prior to discharge, if indicated.

Why It Is Important
Influenza vaccination is indicated for people age 50 years and older because it is highly effective in preventing influenza-related pneumonia, hospitalization, and death. Vaccine coverage in the United States is sub- optimal. Screening and vaccination of inpatients is recommended, but hospitalization is an underutilized opportunity to provide vaccination to adults.

Numerator Definition
Patients discharged during October, November, December, January, February or March with pneumonia, age 50 and older, who were screened for influenza vaccine status and were vaccinated prior to discharge, if indicated.

Denominator Definition
Pneumonia patients 50 years of age and older.

Denominator Excluded Populations