Scientific Technologies Corporation, a leader in immunization intelligence™, today released new predictions for flu vaccination rates
Shots go retail but still millions unprotected. Analyst Bill Davenhall reveals two surprising projections.
Phoenix, AZ (PRUnderground) May 2nd, 2018
1. For the 2021-2022 flu season, an estimated 135 million adults in the US will likely NOT get a vaccination anywhere. This is why reminding people to get a flu shot—as well as making it more convenient—will continue to play a vital role in vaccinating more people.
As for making flu shots more convenient:
2. The CDC estimates that about 28% of the adults receiving a flu vaccination went to a retail pharmacy during the 2017-2018 flu season – and that’s up about 4% over the previous year. This means that about 31 million adults choose the convenience of the retail store (versus a doctor’s office, a medical clinic, their place of work, or a hospital).
Our projection: By 2022, adults getting a flu shot in a community pharmacy (in a retail grocery or free-standing) will likely double – a significant increase indeed and one that would mean the majority of adult flu shots would be administered in pharmacies.
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