In 2010, people with diabetes accounted for 15% of flu-related hospitalizations (and 19% of flu-related deaths in the United States). Yet people with diabetes make up only about 8 percent of the U.S. population (according to the Centers for Disease Control).
We compared reports of flu immunization in the past year from the Fall 2010 TuAnalyze survey with reports of flu immunization among US adults from the CDC monitored in the same time period. We compared our data to the CDC data for three groups considered at “high risk” for flu complications: adults 18-49 years old with a health problem (such as diabetes), all adults aged 50-64, and all adults 65 or older.
While TuAnalyze users report a higher level of flu immunization than seen in the CDC monitoring system* (see the bar chart below), 36% of 18-49 year olds and 24% of persons aged 50 and above who answered the TuAnalyze survey are not immunized against the flu.
Did you get your flu shot? Why or why not?
*2009-2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and 2009 H1N1 Flu Survey (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/coverage_0910estimates.htm)