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Persistent Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Flu Vaccination Coverage (American Journal of Infection Control)

July 29, 2016

CHIS Journal Article

Authors: Christopher Almario, MD, MSHPM, Folasade P. May, Allison E. Maxwell, Wanmeng Ren, Ninez A. Ponce, PhD, MPP, Brennan Spiegel

​Authors aimed to identify predictors of receiving a flu vaccination, with an emphasis on the impact of race and ethnicity. Using data from the 2011-2012 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) from 27.8 million adults ages 18 and older, authors found that, overall, fewer than 40 percent (35.8 percent) received a flu vaccination within the last year. Blacks were 33 percent less likely to have been vaccinated than whites. Conversely, Koreans and Vietnamese  were more likely than whites to have been vaccinated. No differences were seen between whites and the remaining racial and ethnic groups (Latino, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, South Asian, Asian other, and other).

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