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Nov. 1 - Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor Finds Only 49% of Savannah Seniors Have Gotten Immunized This Season

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 1, 2018 - Newly conducted survey results released today from the Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor reveal that only 49% of Savannah seniors have gotten a flu shot so far this fall. These findings are prompting the Medicare Advantage insurer to urge Chatham County residents to take the threat of the virus seriously and get vaccinated immediately. 

The Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor also found that:

  • 62% of seniors with a household income of $75,000 or more have received a flu shot, versus 47% of those in households earning $35,000-$74,999, and just 36% of those earning less than $35,000
  • Just 43% of seniors surveyed without an undergraduate degree have gotten a flu shot, compared with 57% of those who graduated from college
  • While 57% of male Savannah seniors surveyed have gotten a flu shot, only 44% of female residents over 60 have been vaccinated this fall

Nationally, 41% of seniors surveyed as part of the Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor have received the influenza vaccination this season. It takes about two weeks for the influenza vaccine to be fully effective, making it important to get one now before the height of the flu season.

“As flu season continues and the risks to Savannah seniors increase, we are very concerned that only 49% of this population is planning to get a flu shot,” said Heather Bumgardner, Nurse Practitioner, Clover Health. “Adults age 60 and older are at a higher risk of serious complications from the flu, and the best way to prevent the illness is to be vaccinated as early as possible.”

The Chatham County Health Department is offering regular flu shots and high dose flu shots made especially for people 65 years and older. A complete list of Savannah flu shot locations and pricing details are also available via the national HealthMap Vaccine Finder at

The Flu Shot Monitor from Clover, a healthcare company using technology to improve medical outcomes, surveyed seniors in Chatham County, and across the U.S. to assess how prepared seniors are for this flu season. 

Clover’s focus on reducing the number of seniors who catch the flu in the Savannah area stems from the company’s commitment to preventative healthcare, leveraging data and its technology platform to proactively address potential illnesses before they become serious. As part of this, Clover’s sophisticated technology has an 85% accuracy rate in identifying patients at risk of being admitted to the hospital in the next 28 days – an unmatched level of precision.

Seniors in Savannah can sign up for one of Clover’s comprehensive Medicare Advantage plans during the annual Medicare enrollment period, which began on Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Clover members receive free flu shots as part of the insurer’s comprehensive plan benefits.

This second Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor was conducted by Wakefield Research of 300 adults age 60 and older in Savannah. The national survey was of 1,000 adults 60+ throughout the U.S. The surveys were administered from Oct. 10, 2018, through Oct. 25, 2018.

The Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor will track the percentage of Savannah seniors who get a flu shot throughout this flu season and provide regular updates.

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