Weekly National Flu Vaccination Dashboard

NEW 2/8/2021: This dashboard will be updated monthly or less frequently for the remainder of the 2020-21 flu season.​

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CDC’s Immunization Services Division (ISD) has developed this new Weekly National Influenza Vaccination Dashboard, an exploratory data product, in order to share some preliminary, within-season, weekly influenza vaccination data and coverage estimates using existing and new data sources. The data will be updated weekly or monthly, depending on the data source, throughout the 2020-2021 influenza season; other data sources will be added as they become available. All data are preliminary and will be updated as more data are received.

Take Action
  • Everyone: People who have not gotten their flu vaccination yet should get vaccinated now.
  • Healthcare Providers: Continue to recommend and offer flu vaccination throughout the flu season, even into January or later.
  • Everyone: Please share any feedback on these preliminary data and the dashboard by emailing VaxView@cdc.gov
Key Points
  1. As of January 15, 2021, 193.2 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed in the United States. This is the highest number of flu doses distributed in the United States during a single influenza season.
  2. Current flu vaccination coverage among children is estimated to be 55.0% as of the week ending January 16, 2021 (MMWR week 2), lower than the 56.5% coverage estimated during the week ending January 11, 2020 (MMWR 2)  in 2020.
    • Current season coverage among Black, non-Hispanic children is 43.7%, which is 5 percentage points less than the same time last year (49.0%); this difference has narrowed since earlier in the season. Current season coverage is also lower than prior season for Hispanic (53.3% vs. 56.0%) children.
    • Current season coverage is similar to last season among White, non-Hispanic (58.1% vs. 57.8%), and Other, non-Hispanic children (58.4% vs. 61.2%)
    • For the current season, coverage among White, non-Hispanic children is 14 percentage points higher than among Black, non-Hispanic children and 5 percentage points higher than among Hispanic children.
  3. For pregnant persons, estimated flu vaccination coverage at the end of December 2020 was 61% compared with 65% for the same time during 2019.
  4. Preliminary available coverage estimates suggest flu vaccination uptake this season among all children and pregnant persons is lower than last season. Also, there is a disparity between vaccination coverage among White, non-Hispanic children compared with Black, non-Hispanic children and Hispanic children.
  5. For vaccinations among adults:
    • The latest data from CDC sponsored biweekly questions about influenza vaccination, from the  NORC AmeriSpeak Omnibusexternal icon survey fielded January 14-19, 2021, indicate that:
      • 53% of all adults had received flu vaccine. These estimates are higher than the previous season’s (2019-2020) coverage estimates for adults, which were 45% by the end of January 2020 and 48% by the end of May 2020.
      • Coverage increased with age, from 41% for people ages 18-49, to 54% for people ages 50-64, and 82% for people age ≥65 years.
      • Coverage was lower among non-Hispanic Black adults compared to non-Hispanic White adults (38% vs. 58%).
    • Flu coverage among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged ≥65 years was 52.7% at the end of November 2020 compared with 50.2% in November 2019; more vaccinations were administered earlier in the 2020-21 season compared with 2019-2020 (coverage was 47.4% by the end of October 2020 compared with 38.2% by the end October 2019).
      • November 2020 represents the minimum coverage as some claims data are still being processed.
    • As of MMWR week 1 (ending Jan 9, 2021), an estimated 47.1 million adult flu vaccinations had been administered in pharmacies compared with 33.5 million at the same time during 2020 (41% higher in 2021).
    • As of MMWR week 1 (ending Jan 9, 2021), 30.9 million adult flu vaccinations were reported to have been administered in physician medical offices compared with 33.7 million at the same time in 2020 (8% lower in 2021).

Based on the omnibus survey data, it appears flu vaccination coverage among adults is higher at this time during the current season than during prior seasons, indicating that more than half of adults had been vaccinated by late January. Given potential limitations of these rapid surveys and underlying panels that might lead to over-estimation of vaccination coverage, confirmation with estimates from other surveys (to be available later) is needed.