2005, life expectancy at birth in the United States has increased by 1
year; however, the number of people who died prematurely was relatively
consistent.The years of potential life lost declined for 8 of the 10
leading causes of death.
rates declined among all leading causes except deaths attributable to
Alzheimer's disease and suicide, although the numbers of deaths increased
for most causes.
disease, stroke, and deaths attributed to motor-vehicle injuries all
showed notable declines since 2005.
smoking among adults remained stable at approximately 25% while smoking
among youth declined to a record low of 16%. Obesity rates remained level
at 35% for adults and 17% for youth. Approximately 21% of adults met
recommended levels of physical activity, consistent with results recorded
in the 3 previous years.
2012–13 influenza season, vaccination rates reached highs of 72% for health
care personnel, 57% for children 17 years of age and younger, 51% for pregnant
women, and 42% for people aged >18 years.