Health Highlight Report for Torrance County
Immunization - Influenza Vaccination, Adults Age 65+: Percentage Immunized, 2013-2017
Torrance County44.6% 95% Confidence Interval(30.3% - 59.8%)Description of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "DNA" (Data Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the IBIS indicator data for this measure.
Statistical StabilityStableDescription of Statistical Stability
- Stable = This count or rate is relatively stable and should provide a good estimate of your community risk.
- Unstable = This count or rate is statistically unstable (RSE >0.30), and may fluctuate widely due to random variation (chance).
- Very Unstable = This count or rate is extremely unstable (RSE >0.50). This value should not be used to represent your population risk. You should combine years or otherwise increase the population denominator in this calculation.
- DNA = Data Not Available. The required community value and/or confidence interval was not available for this measure.
New Mexico56.4% U.S. DNADNA=Data not available.
Torrance County Compared to State
Description of Dashboard Gauge
Description of the Dashboard GaugeThis "dashboard" type graphic is based on the community data on the right. It compares the community value on this indicator to the state overall value.
The community value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the community's 95% confidence interval. If the community's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the community's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the community and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a community should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the community number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
- Excellent = The community's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
- Watch = The community's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Improvement Needed = The community's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Reason for Concern = The community's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
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.
Evidence-based PracticesAnnual immunization for influenza is recommended for all adults, especially for those 65 years of age and older, or those in other high-risk groups. Immunity sets in about two weeks after vaccination, and the flu vaccine provides protection that lasts throughout the entire flu season. Adults in New Mexico can get their flu shots from their primary care provider, at special flu clinics held across the state, or at many commercial pharmacies. Providers can learn more about evidence-based immunization strategies at the CDC's [http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/index.htm Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Resources for Health Professionals] webpage.
Healthy People Objective IID-12.7:Increase the percentage of children and adults who are vaccinated annually against seasonal influenza: Noninstitutionalized adults aged 65 years and older
U.S. Target: 90 percent
NoteThe state-based BRFSS is an ongoing, landline and cellular telephone survey which collects information on health conditions and risk behaviors from randomly selected adults aged 18 years and older in the U.S. population. BRFSS included survey questions asking whether the respondent had received a flu vaccination in the past 12 months, and if so, in which month and year. Responses to the flu vaccination status questions were not verified by medical records. 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. See also CDC's web page https://www.cdc.gov/flu/fluvaxview/coverage-1718estimates.htm for detailed methodology notes. **Percentages based on fewer than 50 completed surveys are not shown because they do not meet the DOH standard for data release. The percentages reported above have been produced by weighting the sample so that the results better represent the New Mexico population.
Data SourcesU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), accessed through FluVaxView Interactive [https://www.cdc.gov/flu/fluvaxview/]
Measure Description for Immunization - Influenza Vaccination, Adults Age 65+
Definition: The estimated percentage of New Mexico adults age 65 and older with a current influenza immunization as reported by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
Numerator: The number of survey respondents age 65 and older with a current influenza immunization.
Denominator: The total number of survey respondents age 65 and older, excluding missing, "Don't Know" and "Refused" responses.