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January Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor Finds Only 69% of Philadelphia Seniors Have Been Immunized This Season

Nearly one-third of older Delaware Valley residents remain unvaccinated going into the height of flu season

  

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Jan. 16, 2019) – Today, newly conducted survey results from the January Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor reveal that only 69% of Philadelphia seniors have gotten a flu shot so far this season. This is a slight improvement from last month’s findings, which showed that 61% of Philadelphia seniors had been vaccinated. In New Jersey, vaccination rates are unchanged from last month’s findings, which showed that only 66% of New Jersey adults 60 and older had gotten a flu shot.

 

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

 

The Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor also found that:

  • In Philadelphia, only 62% of African-Americans 60 and older have been vaccinated, compared with 71% of white seniors surveyed. In New Jersey, only 42% of African-Americans 60 and older have been vaccinated, compared with 68% of white seniors surveyed.
  • In Philadelphia, 64% of local seniors who did not graduate from college have been vaccinated, compared with 79% of those who are college graduates. In New Jersey, just 54% of local seniors who did not graduate from college have been vaccinated, compared with 78% of those did graduate from college.
  • In Philadelphia, 77% of those seniors with a household income of $75,000 or more have received a flu shot, versus 71% of those in households earning $35,000-$74,999, and 59% of those earning less than $35,000. In New Jersey, 74% of those seniors with a household income of $75,000 or more have received a flu shot, versus 60% of those in households earning $35,000-$74,999, and 54% of those earning less than $35,000.

According to the CDC, the 2018-2019 flu season is well underway, with around 7 million Americans sickened since October. Though flu season is expected to last at least several more weeks and has stretched into May in recent years, far fewer people report getting vaccinated against the virus past late November – a dangerous trend, especially for senior citizens.

 

"Even in January, it’s not too late for Philadelphia 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 Delaware Valley residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible before the flu hits its peak this season.”

 

A complete list of Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, New Jersey, 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 Philadelphia and 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 through January 9, 2019.