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QuickStats: Percentage* of U.S. Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Have Had a Flu Vaccination in the Past 12 Months, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey,§ 2017


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The figure is a bar chart showing that in 2017, overall, 46.7% of women and 39.9% of men aged ≥18 years have had a flu vaccination in the past 12 months. For both sexes, as age increased, a higher percentage of adults had a flu vaccination. Among men, 27.8% of those aged 18–44 years, 40.8% of those aged 45–64 years, and 68.7% of those aged ≥65 years have had a flu vaccination. Among women, 37.2% of those aged 18–44 years, 46.4% of those aged 45–64 years, and 67.1% of those aged ≥65 years have had a flu vaccination. Women aged 18–44 years and 45–64 years were significantly more likely to have had a flu vaccination compared with men of the same age groups.

* With 95% confidence intervals indicated with error bars.

Based on a response to the question “During the past 12 months, have you had a flu vaccination?” Annual calendar-year estimates of vaccinations differ from seasonal flu vaccination totals, which reflect vaccinations obtained during the flu season.

§ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey Sample Adult component.

Overall, 46.7% of women and 39.9% of men aged ≥18 years have had a flu vaccination in the past 12 months. For both sexes, as age increased, a higher percentage of adults had a flu vaccination. Among men, 27.8% of those aged 18–44 years, 40.8% of those aged 45–64 years, and 68.7% of those aged ≥65 years have had a flu vaccination. Among women, 37.2% of those aged 18–44 years, 46.4% of those aged 45–64 years, and 67.1% of those aged ≥65 years have had a flu vaccination. Women aged 18–44 years and 45–64 years were significantly more likely to have had a flu vaccination compared with men of the same age groups.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/index.htm.

Reported by: Peter Boersma, MPH, ots6@cdc.gov, 301-458-4101; Lindsey I. Black, MPH.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of U.S. Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Have Had a Flu Vaccination in the Past 12 Months, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, 2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:1330. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6747a7.

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