A new survey released by Clover Health reveals that just 66 percent of New Jersey seniors have gotten a flu shot so far this season.
According to data released Monday from the Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor program, this number is a slight improvement from the findings of November’s Flu Shot Monitor, which showed that 45 percent of New Jersey adults 60 and older had gotten a flu shot.
The Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor included key findings for New Jersey.
In the state, 71 percent of South Jersey seniors have been vaccinated, compared with only 63 percent of North Jersey seniors. Just 44 percent of African-Americans 60 and older in the Garden State have been vaccinated, compared with 68 percent of white seniors surveyed.
Seventy percent of Garden State seniors with a household income of $75,000 or more have received a flu shot versus 62 percent of those in households earning $35,000-$74,999, and 61 percent of those earning less than $35,000. While just 60 percent of New Jersey seniors surveyed without an undergraduate degree have gotten a flu shot, compared with 72 percent of those who graduated from college.
Area Democrats 60 and older have gotten a flu shot at 63 percent, compared with 70 percent of New Jersey area Republicans. And, while 72 percent of married seniors in New Jersey have been vaccinated, only 55 percent of unmarried seniors have done so.
"Even in December, it’s not too late for New Jersey seniors to get a flu shot," said Melissa Jevic Evans, nurse practitioner, Clover Health. "As it gets colder and people spend more time indoors, it is crucial that New Jersey residents get vaccinated to prevent the spread of infection in their communities.”
Clover said that its focus on reducing the number of seniors who catch the flu is rooted in the company's commitment to preventative health care, leveraging data and its technology platform to proactively address potential illnesses before they become serious.
This third Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor was conducted by Wakefield Research of 300 adults age 60 and older in New Jersey. The national survey was of 1,000 adults 60+ throughout the U.S. The surveys were administered from Nov. 15 through Nov. 29.
Nationally, 60 percent of seniors surveyed as part of the December Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor have received the vaccine this flu season, compared to 41 percent in November.