Racial and ethnic disparities in uptake and location of vaccination for 2009-H1N1 and seasonal influenza

Am J Public Health. 2011 Jul;101(7):1252-5. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300133. Epub 2011 May 12.

Abstract

To learn more about racial and ethnic disparities in influenza vaccination during the 2009-H1N1 pandemic, we examined nationally representative survey data of US adults. We found disparities in 2009-H1N1 vaccine uptake between Blacks and Whites (13.8% vs 20.4%); Whites and Hispanics had similar 2009-H1N1 vaccination rates. Physician offices were the dominant location for 2009-H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccinations, especially among minorities. Our results highlight the need for a better understanding of how communication methods and vaccine distribution strategies affect vaccine uptake within minority communities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
  • Attitude to Health
  • Continental Population Groups / statistics & numerical data*
  • Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data*
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Healthcare Disparities*
  • Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype*
  • Influenza Vaccines / therapeutic use*
  • Influenza, Human / prevention & control*
  • Minority Groups / statistics & numerical data
  • United States

Substances

  • Influenza Vaccines