Black, Hispanic and Native American People More Likely to Be Hospitalized for Flu: CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that, between 2009 and 2022, flu hospitalization rates were 80% higher for Black Americans, 30% higher for Hispanic Americans, and 20% higher for Native Americans and Alaska Natives compared to whites. Those minority groups also were less likely than white Americans to obtain their annual flu shots, according to data from 2010 to 2022. The CDC report attributed the disparities to a lack of access to health care and insurance, misinformation and distrust of vaccines, and disproportionate rates of chronic illness such as asthma and diabetes.
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