Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccination Coverage Survey Results, 2019-2020

The Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Coverage Survey is a yearly telephone survey that collects information about the flu shot in Canada. Each flu season, the survey estimates how many people get the flu shot as well as knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about the flu shot. This year, the participants were also questioned about the sources of information regarding the flu shot.

Purpose of this survey

Results from the survey provide information about how well Canadians are protected against vaccine preventable diseases as well as what they know and think about vaccines.

Survey results are used to:

Who should get the flu shot

The flu season in Canada normally runs from November to April. Anyone can get the flu, which can sometimes lead to severe complications or death. Some people are at higher risk for complications due to the flu, including:

The influenza vaccine, also known as the flu shot, is the best way to prevent the disease. Every Canadian aged 6 months or older should get the flu shot every year.

Key results:

Who got the flu shot

Vaccine coverage for adults in the 2019/20 season was similar to the coverage in the previous season (42%).

Figure 1: Seasonal flu vaccination coverage, 2017-2018 to 2019-2020 flu seasons.

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Seasonal flu vaccination coverage for all adults (18+)
Flu season Percent vaccinated (%)
2017-2018 38.3
2018-2019 41.8
2019-2020 41.8
Seasonal flu vaccination coverage for age 18-64 without chronic medical conditions
Flu season Percent vaccinated (%)
2017-2018 26.5
2018-2019 30.8
2019-2020 30
Seasonal flu vaccination coverage for age 18-64 with chronic medical conditions
Flu season Percent vaccinated (%)
2017-2018 39.4
2018-2019 42.8
2019-2020 43.6
Seasonal flu vaccination coverage for seniors (65+)
Flu season Percent vaccinated (%)
2017-2018 70.7
2018-2019 69.9
2019-2020 70.3

Canada’s goal is to have 80% of those at higher risk of complications from the flu vaccinated. This includes seniors (65 years of age and older) and adults aged 18-64 years with chronic medical conditions.

In the 2019/20 season:

Timing and place of vaccination

Reasons to get the vaccine

Reasons to refuse the vaccine

Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about the flu shot

Sources of information about the flu shot

To summarize:

Flu vaccination coverage in adults in 2019/20 season was similar to the previous seasons.

Although the national flu vaccination coverage goals (80%) for those at higher risk remain unmet, flu shot uptake among seniors is approaching this goal (70%).

A full report of the survey results is available. For more information about the Seasonal Influenza Coverage Survey, or to obtain the report in an alternative format, please contact us at: phac.coverage-couvertures.aspc@canada.ca

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