43% of Americans are not getting a flu shot

January 25, 2018

Even in the midst of a deadly flu season—during which a fitness trainer, a marathon runner and nearly 30 children have died nationwide—less than half of all Americans say that they have already received their flu shot (45%); while nearly the same amount of people (43%) say they don’t plan on getting the shot at all, based on findings of a poll released by YouGov on January 24.

But it’s almost never too late: Nearly 9% of the 5,814 adult respondents (9%) say that while they haven’t received the flu shot, they do plan on getting the vaccine at some point. Another 3% are thinking about it, but they are “not so sure.”

The most likely to seek a vaccination? Seniors. Indeed, YouGov reports, 59% of those over 55 years of age say they already have received the flu shot, while only one-third of that age group (33%) say they don’t plan on getting the vaccine at all.

Nearly every other age group reports lower rates of vaccination participation. In fact, even if Americans between the ages of 25 and 54 who say they plan on getting their flu shots actually do, the number of those who are vaccinated would still be lower than those who say they will not get the flu shot at all.

Younger Millennials (age 18 to 24) show the most interest in still getting their flu shots. While just 33% of them already have done so, nearly one in five (18%) say they plan on getting the vaccine at some point.

Research contact: Hoang.Nguyen@YouGov.com

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