Ahead of everyone’s favourite time of year, flu season, personal finance website WalletHub has released a report on the US states that vaccinate most.
This is particularly pertinent given that the World Health Organization has called for improved efforts to support vaccination.
WalletHub analysed the 50 states and District of Columbia across 18 key metrics and found that Massachusetts is the top state for vaccination, with a total score of 75.05. It’s followed by Vermont (73.31) in second place and Rhode Island (67.78) in third. Bottom of the list are Florida (32.47), Texas (30.5) and Mississippi (28.12).
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone aged six months and older be vaccinated on an annual basis
Rhode Island was found to have the highest influenza coverage for children, at 76.20 per cent, while Wyoming has the lowest, at 43.20 per cent. Minnesota has the highest share of adults vaccinated against tetanus (74.80 per cent), and Mississippi has the lowest, at 46 per cent.
When it comes to insurance, WalletHub found that the lowest share of civilian non-institutionalised population without health insurance coverage is Massachusetts, while the highest share without coverage is in Texas.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season can begin as early as October, and travellers may want to consider reducing their risk of exposure by getting a flu jab. Indeed, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone aged six months and older be vaccinated on an annual basis. Combined with cleanly habits such as thorough hand washing, hopefully travellers can stay healthy on their trips.
The full report, with detailed findings, can be read here.