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January Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor Finds Only 67% of El Paso Seniors Have Been Immunized This Season

With flu shot rates unchanged since December, too many older El Paso residents remain unvaccinated going into the height of flu season

EL PASO, Texas (Jan. 14, 2019) – Today, newly conducted survey results from the January Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor reveal that only 67% of El Paso area seniors have gotten a flu shot so far this season. This is unchanged from last month’s findings, indicating a worrisome plateau in vaccinations just as flu activity starts to increase in the region.


Nationally, 63% of seniors surveyed in January had received the vaccine this flu season, compared to 60% in December. Though El Paso seniors are slightly ahead of the national average, the latest Flu Shot Monitor results are prompting the Medicare Advantage insurer to urge all El Paso residents to get vaccinated immediately.


The Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor also found that:

  • While 70% of female seniors in the region surveyed have gotten a flu shot, just 63% of male seniors have been vaccinated this season
  • 72% of local seniors with a household income of $75,000 or more have received a flu shot, versus 72% of those in local households earning $35,000-$74,999, and just 61% of those earning less than $35,000
  • 75% of local seniors who are college graduates have been vaccinated, compared with 64% who did not graduate from college
  • 74% of El Paso seniors who are Democrats have been vaccinated, compared with 59% of Republicans and 73% of Independents


According to the CDC, flu season typically peaks in February, though flu activity has stretched into May in recent years. However, far fewer people report getting vaccinated against the flu past late November – a dangerous trend, especially for senior citizens.


"Even in January, it’s not too late for El Paso seniors to get a flu shot," said Kumar Dharmarajan, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, Clover Health. "It takes two weeks for the flu vaccine to take effect, making it crucial for El Paso area residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible before the flu hits its peak this season.”


A complete list of El Paso flu shot locations and pricing details is available via the national HealthMap Vaccine Finder at vaccinefinder.org.


The Flu Shot Monitor from Clover, a healthcare company using technology to improve medical outcomes, surveyed seniors in El Paso and across the U.S. to track the percentage of adults 60 and older who get vaccinated throughout this flu season.


Clover's focus on reducing the number of seniors who catch the flu 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.


As opposed to traditional fee-for-service that focuses on “sick care”, Medicare Advantage insurers like Clover often offer a range of preventative care benefits, such as gym memberships, dental coverage, and home visits. Clover members also receive free flu shots as part of its comprehensive plan benefits.


The January Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor was conducted by Wakefield Research of 300 adults 60+ in the El Paso region. The national survey was of 1,000 adults 60+ throughout the U.S. The surveys were administered through January 9, 2019.