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According to 2013 early season estimates posted on FluVaxView approximately 40% of people over 6 months of age received a flu vaccination by early November 2013. While this is similar to vaccination coverage at the same time last year, there was a bump among younger adults ages 18-49 years, with coverage five percentage points higher than this time last year (31% this year vs. 26% last year). Hispanic adults had the greatest increase in coverage, going from 30% to 37%.
Online coverage reports indicated that vaccination among pregnant women (41%), among children (41%) and health care providers (63%) is about the same as it was this time last year. Among health care providers, high vaccination rates among clinical providers like pharmacists (90%) and physicians (84%) but much lower vaccination rates among assistants or aides (49%) and health care providers working in long-term care facilities (53%).
“Annual flu vaccination is becoming a habit for an increasing number of people, and we are pleased that a higher percent of younger adults seem to be getting vaccinated this season. We want this upward trend to continue,” said CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat.
CDC released today’s reports in concert with National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), a national observance taking place from December 8-14, 2013. Past flu vaccination coverage estimates have shown flu vaccination activity drops quickly after the end of November. NIVW was established by CDC and its partners in 2005 to underscore the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the flu season. Peak weeks of influenza have occurred in January through March in more than 90% of seasons during the past 20 years, and significant circulation can occur as late as May.