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Medical Expert: Vaccination Rate Among American Adults ‘Depressingly Low’

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File photo of a doctor administering a vaccine. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a doctor administering a vaccine. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – Medical experts and officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said that vaccination rates among American adults are far lower than they should be.

One such expert, Dr. Len Horovitz, even characterized vaccination rates as “depressingly low” while speaking with Web MD on the matter.

“This is a discussion I have daily with patients, who see vaccination recommendations posted in the examination room,” he was quoted as additionally saying.

The CDC issued a release on Thursday based on data collected in the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. Its findings showed that many American adults are declining to get inoculations for diseases such as hepatitis, pneumonia and influenza.

Some improvements were seen, however, especially in regards to the amount of people getting Tdap vaccinations to prevent against whooping cough. Young women were also said to be pursuing HPV vaccinations, and more seniors were protecting themselves against shingles through vaccines.

Still, those at the CDC urged for an increase in vaccinations among American adults.

“Improvement in adult vaccination is needed to reduce the health consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases among adults,” officials said, according to Web MD.

Their findings were published in a recent issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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