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Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor Finds Only 47% of Philadelphia Seniors Have Gotten Immunized This Season

 

Low-income seniors have even lower vaccination rates

  

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Oct. 30, 2018) – Newly conducted survey results released today from the monthly Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor reveal that only 47% of Philadelphia seniors age 60 and older and only 45% of New Jersey seniors have gotten a flu shot this fall. These findings are prompting the Medicare Advantage insurer to urge Delaware Valley residents to take the threat of the virus more seriously and get vaccinated immediately.

 

The Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor also found that:

  • In Philadelphia, 51% of seniors with a household income of $75,000 or more have received a flu shot, versus 50% of those in households earning $35,000-$74,999, and 41% of those earning less than $35,000.

  • In New Jersey, 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 41% of those earning less than $35,000.

 

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 Philadelphia seniors increase, we are very concerned that only 47% of this population is planning to get a flu shot,” said Kumar Dharmarajan, MD, 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.”

 

Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a senior advisor for Clover, received his first ever flu shot today at the West Philadelphia Senior Center. After spending many years eschewing the vaccine, he is now committed to educating Philadelphia’s seniors about the importance of getting a flu shot, as well as addressing common myths.

 

“I encourage everyone in Philadelphia, and especially older adults, to get a flu shot now,” said former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a senior advisor for Clover. “Through my partnership with Clover, I have learned that the flu shot is the best protection available against this potentially deadly and debilitating illness. To keep Philadelphia healthy, it is vital that we all get vaccinated.”

 

Philadelphia residents can also access free or inexpensive influenza vaccines in a number of locations, including Community Flu Clinics and Health Centers. A complete list of Philadelphia flu shot locations and pricing details are 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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia and New Jersey 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 percent 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 Philadelphia, Bucks, Camden, Burlington, Atlantic, Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland 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.

 

The Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor was conducted by Wakefield Research of 300 adults ages 60 and older in Philadelphia and 300 adults ages 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 Philadelphia and New Jersey seniors who get a flu shot throughout this flu season and provide regular updates.