Medicare Beneficiaries Who Are Most Unlikely to Get a Flu Shot
As the pandemic continues and routine healthcare utilization declines, many older adults are forgoing critical, preventive services. One of the most important preventive services protecting older adults is the influenza vaccine, or the “flu shot,” as older adults face higher rates of flu-related hospitalizations and flu-related deaths. The gravity of flu prevention for older adults is further compounded with the pandemic, as older adults now face susceptibility to both the flu and COVID-19 this flu season.
ATI Advisory partnered with Better Medicare Alliance to study which Medicare populations are most likely not to receive a flu shot, as well as understand the reasons why these beneficiaries chose not to be vaccinated. These insights can help plans and providers think about strategies to successfully administer both the influenza vaccine, as well as the pending COVID-19 vaccine, to Medicare beneficiaries.
It is critical to understand what factors predominantly influence beneficiaries not to get the seasonal flu shot. Findings around the flu shot can further be translated to both educational and distribution efforts for the coming COVID-19 vaccine. Given the continued prevalence and risk for COVID-19, there is an increased need for education about the importance of the flu shot and efforts to ensure Medicare beneficiaries receive this important preventive service.