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Public Health Reports: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among US Adolescents, 2010-2016

In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Drs. Miles G. Taylor and Amy M. Burdette, Mr. Noah S. Webb, and Mr. Benjamin Dowd-Arrow used national cross-sectional data to examine trends in influenza vaccination rates among White, Black, and Hispanic adolescents over time and if influenza vaccination rates varied among these adolescents by race/ethnicity. An analysis was conducted on provider-reported vaccination histories for 13 to 17-year-olds from the 2010-2016 National Immunization Survey—Teen. Binary logistic regression models were used to determine influenza vaccination rates by race-ethnicity, and adjusted probabilities were calculated for each racial/ethnic group. Results indicated that compared with White adolescents, Hispanic adolescents were likelier and Black adolescents were less likely to be vaccinated. The authors concluded that targeted interventions may help improve adolescent influenza vaccination rates and reduce racial/ethnic disparities seen in adolescent vaccination coverage.

Read the full article here.

Public Health Reports (PHR) is the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service and has been published since 1878. It is published bimonthly, plus supplement issues, through an official agreement with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. PHR’s mission is to facilitate the movement of science into public health practice and policy to positively affect the health and wellness of the American public.

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