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Routine Vaccination Rates in Teens and Adults Continue to Lag Behind Pre-Pandemic Levels, Follow-up Analysis Shows

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended vaccinations for teens and adults continued to lag in 2020 and into the summer of 2021, according to a follow-up claims analysis commissioned by GSK and conducted by Avalere Health, an Inovalon company. This assessment follows two previous reports tracking the pandemic’s significant effect on routine vaccination.

Key findings include:

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  • From January 2020-July 2021, monthly vaccine claims decreased on average 32% for adults and 36% for adolescents when compared to the same months in 2019.
  • Cumulatively, adults and teens may have missed an estimated 37.1 million doses of recommended vaccines compared to 2019.

“It's very concerning to continue to see millions of missed CDC-recommended vaccinations among both vulnerable age groups,” said Barbara Howe, MD, Vice President and Director, Vaccines Medical and Clinical, US at GSK. “We know the ongoing pandemic presents challenges to important efforts to catch up and then exceed pre-pandemic vaccination levels, but we must not become complacent. Lower vaccination rates cannot become the norm, or we may find ourselves grappling with a number of public health crises for diseases that could have been prevented.”

The latest analysis was conducted as follow-up to a series of analyses in February and June 2021 that found persistent and sometimes steep declines in vaccination claims for CDC-recommended teen and adult vaccines since the start of the pandemic. The analysis compared claims for CDC-recommended vaccines across commercial, managed Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare fee-for-service Part B for December 2020–July 2021 compared to the same months in 2019.

“In the US, the pandemic has elevated the value, impact and understanding of vaccines in helping to prevent disease and death, especially in the adult and older adult populations,” said Judy Stewart, GSK Senior Vice President and Head of US Vaccines. “We must not lose sight of the longstanding recommendations for routine vaccines across all age groups that are often underutilized, leading to significant medical, economic and societal costs that could otherwise be prevented by timely vaccination.”

The CDC recommends vaccines to protect teens against certain types of meningitis and HPV, and adults against pneumonia, shingles, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B, among others. Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine and an annual influenza shot are recommended for both teens and adults. In May of 2021, the CDC issued guidance that COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines can be administered to people on the same day.

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Routine Vaccination Rates in Teens and Adults Continue to Lag Behind Pre-Pandemic Levels, Follow-up Analysis Shows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended vaccinations for teens and adults continued to lag in 2020 and into the summer of 2021, according to a follow-up claims analysis commissioned by GSK and conducted by Avalere Health, an …

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