New York State Community Health Indicator Reports - About Communicable Disease Indicators

Contact the Public Health Information Group, at (518) 474-2543 for information about the indicators produced for this report.

Health Indicator Description and Definition Data Source and Program Contact Information
Pneumonia/flu hospitalization rate (Aged 65 years and older) per 10,000 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. Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) a
Bureau of Health Informatics,
Office of Quality and Patient Safety

Contact: SPARCS@health.ny.gov
Phone: (518) 473-8144
Pertussis incidence per 100,000 The number of reported cases of Pertussis per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Mumps incidence rate per 100,000 The number of reported cases of mumps per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Meningococcal disease incidence rate per 100,000 The number of reported cases of meningococcal disease per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
H. influenza incidence per 100,000 The number of reported cases of Haemophilus Influenzae per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Hepatitis A incidence per 100,000 The number of reported cases of Hepatitis A per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Acute hepatitis B incidence rate per 100,000 The number of reported cases of acute hepatitis B per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

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

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
E. coli O157 incidence per 100,000 The number of reported cases of E. Coli per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Salmonella incidence per 100,000 The number of reported cases of Salmonella per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Shigella incidence per 100,000 The number of reported cases of Shigella per 100,000 population. NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Lyme disease incidence per 100,000 The number of confirmed and probable cases of lyme disease per 100,000 population c NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control b

Contact: bcdc@health.ny.gov
Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older with flu shot in the last year The percentage of adults aged 65 years and older with flu shot in the last year. New York State Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System d e

Contact: BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673
Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older who ever received pneumonia shot The Percentage of adults aged 65 years and older who ever received pneumonia shot. New York State Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System d e

Contact: BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673

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 2012, 18 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 2457. In 2011, 14 counties used this method to produce estimates. In 2010, 17 counties; in 2009, 12 counties; and in 2008 two counties used this method.
d Expanded BRFSS:
The Expanded BRFSS is a NYS county (regional) non-institutional adult telephone-based surveillance survey that collects self-reported health conditions and behaviors related to early mortality and morbidity. This system is based on the annual collaborative state based surveillance project administered and supported by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC), Division of Population Health, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
e New York City Community Health Survey (CHS):
The New York City Community Health Survey (CHS) is a NYC Burough adult telephone survey conducted by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that is also based on the CDC BRFSS surveillance survey system design.