Call for national flu and pneumococcal vaccination register

Researchers led by the Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring extracted self-reported data on the presence of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as well as influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations status from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ National Health Survey (NHS) and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS).

The data was from 2004­­–05 and contained the records of 35,000 people.

They found that only 60.3% of people older than 50 with COPD have had a flu vaccination in the