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January Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor Finds Only 68% of Tucson Seniors Have Been Immunized This Season

Even with flu shot rates increasing 11% since December, too many older Pima County residents remain unvaccinated going into the height of flu season

TUCSON, Ariz. (Jan. 14, 2019) – Today, newly conducted survey results from the January Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor reveal that only 68% of Tucson area seniors have gotten a flu shot so far this season. This is an improvement from last month’s findings, which showed that just 57% of Tucson adults 60 and older had been vaccinated.


Nationally, 63% of seniors surveyed in January had received the vaccine this flu season, compared to 60% in December. Though Tucson seniors are slightly ahead of the national average, the latest Flu Shot Monitor results are prompting the Medicare Advantage insurer to urge all Tucson 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 64% of male seniors have been vaccinated this season
  • 77% of local seniors with a household income of $75,000 or more have received a flu shot, versus 70% of those in local households earning $35,000-$74,999, and just 58% of those earning less than $35,000
  • 72% of local seniors who are college graduates have been vaccinated, compared with 64% who did not graduate from college
  • Tucson seniors that live alone and those that are not married are much less likely to get vaccinated – only 57% of Tucson seniors that live alone and 64% who are unmarried have gotten flu shots, compared to 73% of those who do not live alone and 70% who are married


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 Tucson 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 Tucson area residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible before the flu hits its peak this season.”


A complete list of Tucson 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 Tucson 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 Tucson region. The national survey was of 1,000 adults 60+ throughout the U.S. The surveys were administered through January 9, 2019.