How many Americans plan to get a flu vaccine?

Jamie BallardData Journalist
September 11, 2018, 5:00 PM GMT+0

Women are more likely to say they don't plan on getting a flu shot this year

Last year’s “high severity” flu season may be inspiring more Americans to get themselves and their families vaccinated against the flu in 2018. Close to half (46%) of Americans say they’re planning on getting a flu shot this year, while 5% say they’ve already gotten it, according to new data from YouGov Omnibus.

About four in ten (39%) people say they’re not planning on getting the flu shot. Men are more likely than women to say they’re planning on getting the shot (49% vs 44%) or have already gotten the shot (6% vs 4%). Women (41%) were more likely than men (37%) to say they haven’t gotten the shot and aren’t planning to do so.

People with higher incomes are more likely to report that they will be getting a flu shot this year. Those making $80K or more per year are particularly likely to say they’re planning to get a flu shot, with over half (56%) selecting this response. About half (48%) of people making between $40K and $80K are also planning on getting the shot, along with 43% of people making less than $40K per year.

In January 2018, the results of a similar question yielded comparable results: 45% of people said that they had had gotten their flu shot, and 9% were planning to get one. At the time, 43% of people said they weren’t planning on getting a flu shot that season.

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