Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native adults more likely to be hospitalized for flu and less likely to be vaccinated, CDC report finds

Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native adults more likely to be hospitalized for flu and less likely to be vaccinated, CDC report finds

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  • The CDC Vital Signs report released Tuesday finds that Black, AI/AN and Hispanic adults were 1.2 to 1.8 times more likely to be hospitalized than White adults over the past 13 flu seasons.
  • “This report adds to the body of evidence that shows people from certain racial and ethnic minority groups have more severe outcomes at higher rates than White adults,” Black said.
  • “Last flu season, we found that adults with insurance, those with a health care provider and those with a medical checkup in the past year were more likely to get a flu vaccine than those without at least one of the facilitators to health care.
  • Further, Hispanic, American Indian and Alaskan Native and adults of other races were less likely to have a health care provider and a checkup in the past year,” she said.

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