Florida’s overall health system performance ranked second to last in nation

By: Florida Chamber of Commerce

 

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A new set of data published by The Commonwealth Fund ranked Florida’s overall health system performance second to last in the nation. The shocking revelation derives from a few indicators, one of the largest being adults without all recommended vaccines.

According to data from 2016, at least 68 percent of adults in Florida have not received all Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended vaccines and aren’t aware of what vaccines and boosters are available to them. Vaccines are crucial because they save lives, are economically important and ensure a better quality of life for our communities. Common diseases, including the flu, are easily preventable by a flu shot administered annually each fall. Vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and booster shots are a crucial step in preventing disease—especially from passing them on to infants. Other diseases preventable or treatable with a vaccine include the shingles virus, Hepatitis A and B, and meningitis.

 

While vaccines aid in maintaining a person’s health, they also keep healthcare costs low for individuals by averting medical treatment outside of annual visits. Out-of-pocket expenses associated with getting sick can be avoided by keeping up with vaccines. The majority of these vaccinations are covered by private insurance, as well as Medicare Part B or D. According to the CDC, vaccinations can save nearly $360 billion in direct costs and $1.65 trillion in total society costs.

 

Making sure you are up to date on your vaccinations is essential in protecting yourself and loved ones.

BY: GlascoSmithKline (GSK)