Flu season is here once again, and in the spirit of openness, HHS has created a new map for influenza vaccination tracking. The new tool allows researchers, providers, and health care workers to track influenza (flu) vaccination claims rates of Medicare beneficiaries in real-time. It was created by the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) in partnership with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It is available at hhs.gov/nvpo/flu-vaccination-map.
By clicking on any state or searching for a specific location, the tool generates the number of Medicare beneficiaries living in a specific area and indicates the flu vaccination claims rates. The tool also retrieves flu vaccination claims data for specific racial or ethnic populations within a state or community and shows if there are differences by race in the flu vaccination claims rate. It includes information for every county and zip code in the United States.
Play with the tool and see how your community is doing in its flu vaccination efforts. You can even select a specific racial or ethnic population within your state or community and see if there are differences by race (disparities) in vaccination claims rate. Communities with fewer than 25 claims submitted will not display data.