An estimated 37.1 percent of U.S. adults received a flu vaccine during the 2017-18 flu season, down from 43.3 percent during the prior flu season, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccination coverage varied by age group and state, with declines in all age groups and most states. The 2017-18 flu season was a high-severity season, with high flu-related hospitalization rates and outpatient visits. “To improve flu vaccination coverage for the 2018-19 flu season, health care providers are encouraged to strongly recommend and offer flu vaccination to all of their patients,” the agency said.

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