Estimates for 2009 data indicate that 70 percent of older non-Hispanic Whites received the influenza vaccination, compared to only 51 percent of older African Americans and Hispanics. Disparities for pneumococcal vaccination coverage were even wider. In 2010, vaccination rates were 64 percent for non-Hispanic Whites, compared to 46 percent for African Americans and 39 percent for Hispanics.
In 2010, Asian/Pacific Islanders had more than 24 times the rate of new tuberculosis cases compared to non-Hispanic whites. Both hepatitis B and tuberculosis may be prevented with vaccinations.Quick Facts
- African American children aged 19 to 35 months have comparable rates of immunization for hepatitis, influenza, MMR, and polio.
- American Indian/Alaska Native adults aged 18 to 64 years are as likely as their non-Hispanic white counterparts to have received the influenza (flu) shot in the past 12 months.
- However, in 2010, both Hispanic and Asian American adults over age 65 were less likely to have ever received a pneumonia shot, as compared to non-Hispanic whites of the same age group.
- In 2010, Asian/Pacific Islander children aged 19 to 35 months reached the Healthy People goal for immunizations for hepatitis B, MMR (measles-mumps-rubella), polio and chicken pox.
- Hispanic children aged 19 to 35 months had comparable rates of immunization for hepatitis, influenza, MMR, and polio, in 2010.