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Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor Finds Only 45% of New Jersey Seniors Have Gotten Immunized This Season


Low-income seniors have even lower vaccination rates


JERSEY CITY, N.J. (Oct. 31, 2018) – Newly conducted survey results released today from the Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor reveal that only 45% of New Jersey seniors have gotten a flu shot so far this fall. These findings are prompting the Medicare Advantage insurer to urge Garden State residents to take the threat of the virus seriously and get vaccinated immediately.


The Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor also found that:

  • 52% of seniors with a household income of $75,000 or more have received a flu shot, versus 39% of those in households earning $35,000-$74,999, and just 41% of those earning less than $35,000

  • While 47% of male New Jersey seniors surveyed have gotten a flu shot, only 45% 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 New Jersey seniors increase, we are very concerned that only 45% of this population is planning to get a flu shot,” said Christine Grosso, Nurse Practitioner, 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.”


A complete list of New Jersey flu shot locations and pricing details are 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 New Jersey and nationwide 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 Garden State 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey. 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 New Jersey seniors who get a flu shot throughout this flu season and provide regular updates.