U.S. Flu Vaccinations Hit New Record High This Season

flu vaccineWhile many Americans await their turn for the COVID vaccine, a potentially record-setting number have already had their flu shot.

That’s the key finding in a nationwide poll of more conducted in December by the University of Georgia, involving more than 1,000 adults . In all, 43.5% of respondents said they had already had a flu shot, 13.5% said they would “definitely” get one; and 9.3% said they would “probably” do so.

That means two-thirds of respondents had gotten or planned to get a flu shot during the 2020-2021 flu season. That’s a significant increase over recent years.

In 2019-2020, 48.4% of U.S. adults got the shot, up 3.1 percentage points from 2018-2019, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“These results strongly suggest the U.S. will be crossing an important threshold this flu season, which is over half of U.S. adults getting a flu vaccination,” survey co-leader Glen Nowak said in a University of Georgia news release. He directs the university’s Center for Health and Risk Communication.

People 60 and older are driving the surge. In that age group, 61.5% said they had received a flu shot in December; 12% said they would definitely have one, and 5.8% said they would probably do so.

The poll found stark differences along racial and income lines.