Which older adults are getting their flu shots and Covid boosters? – U-M

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Experts are concerned about a “twindemic” of flu and COVID, mainly among the unvaccinated and also among vaccinated people whose immunity is low because of other factors. That’s because other measures that kept flu activity extremely low last winter have largely ended. Flu season has just begun, and COVID activity in most of the country is still above CDC’s high level, though the daily number of new cases is dropping in many states.

More findings from older adults polled about both flu shots and COVID vaccines

Last year’s flu shot:

  • In all, 54% of people between the ages of 50 and 64 say they got a flu shot last year, much lower than the 83% of those over 65 who said they did.
  • There weren’t major differences in 2020 flu shots by gender, race/ethnicity, income or living situation, but there were based on political party identification. Those living in the South were also less likely that those in other regions to have had a flu shot in 2020.

This year’s flu shot:

  • Sixty-four percent of people between the ages of 50 and 64 say they’ve already gotten their flu shot this year or they’re likely to, while 86% of those over 65 say they already have or are likely to.
  • Those over 65 were nearly twice as likely as those aged 50 to 64 to have already gotten their flu shot by the time the poll was taken in mid-October (47% vs. 28%).
  • Most (87%) of respondents who identified as Democrats said they had already had a flu shot or planned to get one, compared with 67% of Republications and 60% of independents.

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2 responses to “Which older adults are getting their flu shots and Covid boosters? – U-M

  1. Both Jean and I had our flu shots recently and hope to have our Covid booster shot this coming week.

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