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After Severe Flu 2017 Season, More Americans Planning to Get Their Flu Shots

Last year's flu season was one of the worst influenza seasons in recent decades. With numerous illnesses and deaths on record in 2017, more Americans are taking defense this year and planning to get their vaccines. According to a survey by CityMD, the leading urgent care provider in the New York metro area, 57% of Americans are planning to get a flu shot this year, an increase in this preventative method compared to two years ago (51%).

The online survey was fielded by The Harris Poll between August 23-27, 2018, polling 2,023 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

A larger proportion of nearly all age groups are planning to get their flu shot this year, compared to those who planned to in 2016. Additionally, Americans aged 65 and older are leading the charge--they are more likely than their younger counterparts to plan to get one this year (66% vs. 55% aged 18-64).

Younger generations (ages 18-34) who are planning to get their flu shot increased from 42% in 2016 to 54% in 2018.

Percentage planning to get a flu shot (by age):

* 54% of Americans ages 18-34 in 2018; compared to 42% in 2016

* 59% of Americans ages 35-44 in 2018; compared to 47% in 2016

* 58% of Americans ages 45-54 in 2018; compared to 47% in 2016

* 49% of Americans ages 55-64 in 2018; compared to 58% in 2016

* 66% of Americans ages 65 and older in 2018; compared to 64% in 2016

"People saw the harshness of last year's flu season, and the data shows that people are not taking chances important preventative measure to avoid the full harshness of influenza is to get a flu shot. It's a simple, fast and affordable shield from a preventable illness."

Parents Encouraging Preventative Vaccine

Those who are parents of children under 18 years old are more likely to plan to get their flu vaccines than those who are not (62% vs. 55%, respectively).

Percentage planning to get a flu shot (indication of parent of child under 18):

* 62% of Americans indicating that they are a parent of a child under 18

* 55% of Americans indicating that they are not a parent of a child under 18

Flu Shots Propensity Dependent on Socioeconomic Status

The survey found that the likelihood for those planning to get a flu shot steadily increases with higher socioeconomical status across education and household income.

"Affordability and access should not be roadblocks to getting quality medical care, including an annual flu shot. As part of our vision to build healthier, kinder communities, we're opening our sites in more impoverished areas just as we would in affluent neighborhoods," says Richard Park, MD, CEO of CityMD. "We are here to provide quality medical care and access to all members of our community and urge anyone who can to get an immunization this season to protect themselves and others in their neighborhoods."

Percentage planning to get a flu shot (by education):

* 52% of Americans with their education level at high school or less

* 54% of Americans with their education level at some college

* 67% of Americans with their education level at college grad or more

Percentage planning to get a flu shot (by household income):

* 45% of Americans reporting less than $25,000 HHI

* 49% of Americans reporting between $25,000-$34,999.99 HHI

* 54% of Americans reporting between $35,000-$49,999.99 HHI

* 61% of Americans reporting between $50,000-$74,999.99 HHI

* 61% of Americans reporting between $75,000-$99,999.99 HHI

* 63% of Americans reporting $100,000 or more HHI

SOURCE: CityMD, 1345 6th Ave, New York, NY 10105
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Author:Whitaker, Anne
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Date:Oct 25, 2018
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