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Health Indicator Report of Immunizations - Pneumococcal Vaccination

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.


Prevalence estimates for 2011 and forward are consistent with those used to track the corresponding Healthy New Jersey 2020 objective (IMM-3).

Data Interpretation Issues

Starting in 2011, BRFSS protocol requires that the NJBRFS incorporate a fixed quota of interviews from cell phone respondents along with a new weighting methodology called iterative proportional fitting or "raking". The new weighting methodology incorporates additional demographic information (such as education, race, and marital status) in the weighting process. These methodological changes were implemented to account for the underrepresentation of certain demographic groups in the land line sample (which resulted in part from the increasing number of U.S. households without land line phones). Comparisons between 2011 and prior years should therefore be made with caution. (More details about these changes can be found at


Percentage of adults age 65+ who reported ever receiving a pneumococcal vaccination in their lifetime.


Number of survey respondents age 65+ who reported ever receiving a pneumococcal vaccine anytime during their life


Number of survey respondents age 65+

Healthy People Objective: Increase the percentage of adults who are vaccinated against pneumococcal disease: Noninstitutionalized adults aged 65 years and older

U.S. Target: 90 percent
State Target: To be determined

Other Objectives

Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective IMM-3: Increase the percentage of non-institutionalized adults aged 65 years and older who have ever been vaccinated against pneumococcal infections.

How Are We Doing?

In 2016, 66.5% of all New Jersey adults aged 65 and older reported having received the Pneumococcal vaccination in the past 12 months. Pneumococcal vaccination is lower among Hispanics (46.9%), Blacks (58.1%) compared to Whites (71.5%).

What Is Being Done?

Since 1998, NJDOH has adopted regulations requiring nursing homes to offer pneumococcal and influenza immunizations to all residents, and for hospitals to offer them to seniors who have been admitted for treatment. Education and outreach methods have also been made throughout the state.

Health Program Information

NJDOH Vaccine Preventable Disease Program: []
Page Content Updated On 12/02/2016, Published on 02/23/2018
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Content updated: Wed, 23 May 2018 05:01:08 EDT