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Vaccine coverage falls by 6.2% since last year

Published on 29/10/18 at 11:04am

Despite the severity of the flu season, just 37.1% of American adults received the flu vaccine this year, according to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The low rate represents a 6.2% drop since last year.

While 43.3% of Americans adults were vaccinated in 2016-17 this figure dropped during the flu season this year.

Notably, there were a number of discrepancies between various groups in society, as 26.9% of 18-49 year olds compared to 59.6% of >65s received the flu vaccine.

Equally 29.2% of those in Louisiana compared to 46.3% in West Virginia were covered by the vaccine.

Coverage decreased across all racial and ethnic groups apart from Native Alaskans and American Indians. However Asians and non-Hispanic whites had higher coverage than all other ethnicities. In contrast Hispanic adults had lower coverage than other ethnic groups.

The CDC recommend that everyone aged 6 months and older get the flu vaccine by the end of October.

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