Flu Season Facts

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Flu Season Facts

flu-fact-sheet_mhmFlu season is here. Get informed on flu season facts and get your flu shot before it’s too late!

  • Influenza activity generally begins to increase in October and peaks between December and March. Long flu seasons can last through May.
  • Nationally, approximately 46 percent of individuals ages six months and older receive a flu vaccine. The Missouri rate of vaccination during the 2015-2016 season was 47.4 percent.
  • Individuals with insurance can receive a vaccination without a co-pay if they seek the flu vaccine at a network provider.
  • Among health care providers, hospitals have the highest vaccination rate among work settings. In Missouri, 99 percent of hospitals have a vaccination policy that covers all hospital personnel.
  • More than 85 percent of hospitals have a mandatory vaccination policy or a mandatory policy with exemptions.

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