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Indicator/Contact for information Data Source Definition
Pneumonia/flu hospitalizations per year among persons 65+ years per 10,000

Contact: Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics, at (518) 474-3189
Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System - SPARCS a
NYSDOH Bureau of Biometrics and Health Statistics
The number of hospitalizations for pneumonia and flu among persons aged 65 or older per 10,000 population in this age group. The ICD-9 codes included are: 480-487.
Pertussis incidence per 100,000

Contact: Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b The number of reported cases of Pertussis per 100,000 population.
Mumps incidence rate per 100,000

Contact: Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b The number of reported cases of mumps per 100,000 population.
Meningococcal disease incidence rate per 100,000

Contact: Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b The number of reported cases of meningococcal disease per 100,000 population.
Haemophilus Influenzae incidence per 100,000

Contact: Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b The number of reported cases of Haemophilus Influenzae per 100,000 population.
Hepatitis A incidence per 100,000

Contact: Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b The number of reported cases of Hepatitis A per 100,000 population.
Hepatitis B incidence per 100,000

Contact: Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b The number of reported cases of Hepatitis B per 100,000 population.
Acute hepatitis B incidence rate per 100,000

Contact: Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b The number of reported cases of acute hepatitis B per 100,000 population.
Tuberculosis incidence per 100,000

Contact: Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b The number of reported cases of Tuberculosis per 100,000 population. Prison inmates are excluded from this rate.
E. Coli incidence per 100,000

Contact: Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b The number of reported cases of E. Coli per 100,000 population.
Salmonella incidence per 100,000

Contact: Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b The number of reported cases of Salmonella per 100,000 population.
Shigella incidence per 100,000

Contact: Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b The number of reported cases of Shigella per 100,000 population.
Lyme disease incidence per 100,000

Contact: Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b, c The number of confirmed and probably cases of lyme disease per 100,000 population c
Percentage of adults 65+ years with flu vaccination in last year

Contact: BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673
NYS Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System d The percentage of respondents aged 65 years or older who indicated they had had a flu vaccination in the past 12 months.

Percentage of adults 65+ years that ever received a vaccination for pneumonia

Contact: BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673
NYS Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System d The percentage of respondents aged 65 years or older who indicated they had a pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination in their lifetime.

Data notes:

a Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System-SPARCS:
Information about hospitalizations is collected through the hospital inpatient discharge data system. Each hospitalization receives an ICD-9 code at discharge that indicates the primary reason for the hospitalization. There are also up to 14 other diagnosis codes recorded to further describe the hospitalization. Statistics presented in these tables are based on the primary diagnosis unless otherwise noted. This data system does not include information about events that did not result in a hospitalization, such as cases that were only treated in a hospital emergency room. Numbers and rates are based on the number of hospitalizations that occurred and not the number of individuals who were hospitalized.
b The Bureau of Communicable Disease Control:
The Bureau maintains surveillance of all reportable communicable diseases and conditions. Laboratories, hospitals and physicians are required to report cases of these diseases to their local health department. Rates are computed and presented per 100,000 population
c Lyme Disease incidence:
After investigations of samples of positive lyme disease laboratory results, some counties extrapolated from these results to generate estimates of the total number of lyme disease cases in their counties. In 2011, 14 counties investigated a sample of positive laboratory results.  The number of cases was extrapolated to generate estimates of the total number of cases. The number of reported cases for NYS excluding NYC was 3759. In 2010, 17 counties used this method to produce estimates. In 2009, 12 counties and in 2008 two counties used this method.
d Expanded BRFSS:
The Expanded BRFSS is a telephone-based survey of adults 18 years of age or older conducted by the New York State Department of Health. The survey is based on the National Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and collects information on self-reported health-related behaviors in New York State counties. The most recent survey was conducted between July 2008 and June 2009 and collected data in 57 New York State counties and New York City. Because the Expanded BRFSS only presents data for New York City as a whole, indicator data for the counties of Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond are from the 2008 New York City Community Health Survey . The New York City Community Health Survey (CHS) is a telephone survey conducted by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that is also based on the BRFSS.