Insights on Influenza Blog
Protecting children, families, and communities against influenza.
Insights on Influenza
  • Science & Research

Families Fighting Flu National Survey Results: Flu Vaccination Rates Lag as Myths Persist

Posted on June 30, 2020

Below is part 2 of this blog series featuring key insights on flu and COVID-19 from our recent national consumer survey. 


During a media interview this past weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that due to the power of the anti-vaccine movement, we have a lot of education to do when it comes to coronavirus vaccines. He said it best: “There is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country—an alarmingly large percentage of people, relatively speaking.” We share this concern and explored these issues in a recent national consumer survey we conducted, in collaboration with Sanofi.

Our survey found that vaccine myths and skepticism persist, especially among younger people and those without a college degree. Certain populations are also more likely to be skeptical and more likely to not get a flu vaccine. Fifty-seven percent of Hispanics and 53% of African Americans reported they did not get a flu vaccine this past season. Thirty-five percent of adults with children in the household reported rarely or never getting a flu vaccine.

When it comes to the flu and coronavirus, people agree that both are serious but do not feel they are vulnerable to hospitalization or death from either illness. They feel slightly more susceptible to being at risk for getting coronavirus (64%) than the flu (58%). When it comes to the upcoming flu season this fall, if stay at home orders are in place, 59% are moderately to not at all likely to get a flu vaccine.

As Dr. Fauci said, “we have a lot of work to do” to educate people on the truth about vaccines. Our survey confirmed this as well:

  • A disproportionate number of individuals believe that flu vaccines cause the flu.
  • Safety and effectiveness of the flu vaccine in general is questioned by approximately 20% of survey respondents.
  • Approximately one-third of respondents, primarily those under age 40, questioned specific effectiveness statements.
  • Moms are evenly split, but 10-15% are neutral (e.g. don’t know) regarding flu vaccine effectiveness.

With these statistics in mind, as well as a deep concern that we are entering flu season in the middle of a pandemic, we are determined to continue to raise awareness and educate people about the importance of getting a flu vaccination by launching a new initiative…

Take Action Today: Make the Families Fighting Flu Vaccination Promise

Families Fighting Flu is launching the Families Fighting Flu Vaccination Promise to encourage people to get a flu vaccination and help curb simultaneous flu and COVID-19 activity during the upcoming season. Sign up to make the Promise — commit to getting your annual flu vaccination by a selected date —and Families Fighting Flu will email a reminder to you of your Families Fighting Flu Vaccination Promise. Together, we can make a difference.

Families Fighting Flu National Survey Results: Highlights

Who gets the flu vaccine?

  • 43% of all survey respondents received a flu vaccine this past season
  • 57% of Hispanics and 53% of African Americans did not get a flu vaccine this past season
  • 56% of those who did not receive a flu vaccine did not have a college degree
  • 27% of respondents say they never get a flu vaccine
  • 35% of adults with children in the household report rarely or never getting a flu vaccine
  • The most popular months to get vaccinated against flu are October (40%), September (19%), and November (14%)
  • After taking the survey, 53% indicated they would get a flu vaccine in the future, a 10-point increase which indicates they are open to learning and changing behavior

Learn more about Families Fighting Flu survey results by reading the first and (upcoming) third blog posts of this series.

Survey Methodology
• Survey conducted by Remington Research Group May 26 – 28, 2020 via live calls to landlines and cell phones as well as digital panels pushed via SMS to 1,446 adults
• Weighted survey to match U.S. Census demographics
• Margin of error: +/-2.5% with a 95% level of confidence
• Conducted in collaboration with Sanofi

Share this article:

You might also be interested in...

Families Fighting Flu National Survey Results: Implications for the Upcoming Flu Season
COVID-19 vs. Flu: How Do They Compare?

Contact Us

Families Fighting Flu
4201 Wilson Blvd., #110-702
Arlington, VA 22203

(703) 203-4335
1-888-2ENDFLU (1-888-236-3358)

contact@familiesfightingflu.org

Stay Informed
Sign up for our Weekly Flu News and quarterly newsletter, Fighting Influenza, to stay up-to-date on the latest flu news.
Newsletter

LOGO LICENSE AGREEMENT

You are required to accept all of the terms and conditions in this License Agreement in order to receive a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-assignable, royalty-free license to use the FAMILIES FIGHTING FLU, INC. logo, displayed below (the “FFF Logo”), from Families Fighting Flu, Inc. (“FFF”). In order to accept these terms and conditions, you must click the “I Accept” button below.

  1. FFF hereby grants to you, and you accept, a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-assignable, royalty-free license to use the FFF Logo, which you may download and use solely in online and print earned media publications for a period of no more than six (6) months in the United States.
  2. You acknowledge that the FFF Logo is a valid trademark; that FFF is the sole owner of the FFF Logo; and that FFF retains all right, title, and interest in and to the FFF Logo. You agree that any and all use that you make of the FFF Logo, and any and all goodwill arising from your use of the FFF Logo, shall inure exclusively to the benefit of FFF.  You also agree that you shall not challenge the validity of the FFF Logo or FFF’s ownership or title thereto during the term of the License Agreement or thereafter.
  3. You agree that you shall use the FFF Logo only in the form shown above, and that you shall not alter, modify, change, or edit the FFF Logo in any manner.
  4. You acknowledge the valuable goodwill and reputation in the FFF Logo, and that it is essential that the high standards and reputation associated with the FFF Logo be maintained. You therefore agree to use the FFF Logo consistent with the highest standards of quality so as to protect and maintain the FFF Logo and FFF’s rights therein.
  5. FFF shall have the right to review and inspect your use of the FFF Logo at any time. FFF, in its sole discretion, may determine that you are not using the FFF Logo in an acceptable manner and require that you discontinue your use of the FFF Logo.  To the extent that FFF requires that you discontinue your use of the FFF Logo, you agree that you shall remove the FFF Logo from all online and print earned media publications as soon as practicable under the circumstances, and that you shall not use the FFF at any time in the future.
  6. You must include the following notice in connection with any use of the FFF Logo: “The Families Fighting Flu, Inc. logo is the registered trademark of Families Fighting Flu, Inc.”
I Accept