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Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor Finds Only 42% of Charleston Seniors Have Gotten Immunized This Season


Low-income seniors have even lower vaccination rates


CHARLESTON, S.C. (Oct. 31, 2018) – Newly conducted survey results released today from the Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor reveal that only 42% of Charleston seniors have gotten a flu shot so far this fall. These findings are prompting the Medicare Advantage insurer to urge Charleston residents to take the threat of the virus seriously and get vaccinated immediately.


The Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor also found that:

  • 54% of seniors with a household income of $75,000 or more have received a flu shot, versus 35% of those in households earning $35,000-$74,999, and just 36% of those earning less than $35,000

  • Just 38% of seniors surveyed without an undergraduate degree have gotten a flu shot, compared with 49% of those who graduated from college

  • While 54% of male Charleston seniors surveyed have gotten a flu shot, only 34% of female residents over 60 have been vaccinated this fall


Nationally, 41% of seniors surveyed as part of the Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor have received the influenza vaccination this season. It takes about two weeks for the influenza vaccine to be fully effective, making it important to get one now before the height of the flu season.


“As flu season continues and the risks to Charleston seniors increase, we are very concerned that only 42% of this population is planning to get a flu shot,” said Kumar Dharmarajan, MD and Chief Scientific Officer, Clover Health. “Adults age 60 and older are at a higher risk of serious complications from the flu, and the best way to prevent the illness is to be vaccinated as early as possible.”


In Charleston, seniors can access free or inexpensive influenza vaccines in a number of locations, including SCDHEC seasonal flu clinics. A complete list of Charleston flu shot locations and pricing details are also available via the national HealthMap Vaccine Finder at


The Flu Shot Monitor from Clover, a healthcare company using technology to improve medical outcomes, surveyed seniors in Charleston and across the U.S. to assess how prepared seniors are for this flu season.


Clover’s focus on reducing the number of seniors who catch the flu in the Charleston area stems from the company’s commitment to preventative healthcare, leveraging data and its technology platform to proactively address potential illnesses before they become serious. As part of this, Clover’s sophisticated technology has an 85% accuracy rate in identifying patients at risk of being admitted to the hospital in the next 28 days – an unmatched level of precision.


Seniors in Charleston can sign up for one of Clover’s comprehensive Medicare Advantage plans during the annual Medicare enrollment period, which began on October 15 and runs through December 7. Clover members receive free flu shots as part of the insurer’s comprehensive plan benefits.


This second Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor was conducted by Wakefield Research of 300 adults age 60 and older in the Charleston area. The national survey was of 1,000 adults 60+ throughout the U.S. The surveys were administered from October 10, 2018, through October 25, 2018.


The Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor will track the percentage of Charleston seniors who get a flu shot throughout this flu season and provide regular updates.