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Immunizations and African Americans

African American adults are less likely than non-Hispanic white adults to have received the flu vaccine in the past year or to have ever received the pneumonia vaccine.

  • In 2015, Non-Hispanic Black aged 65 and older were 10 percent less likely to have received the influenza (flu) shot in the past 12 months, as compared to non-Hispanic whites of the same age group.
  • African American children aged 19 to 35 months had comparable rates of immunization in 2016.
  • African American women are 10 percent less likely to have received an HPV vaccine as white women.

Adults (Hepatitis)

Percentage of adults ages 19-49 years, high risk groups, who ever received 3 or more doses of the hepatitis B vaccination, 2015

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black /
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
29.4%
34.9%
0.8

Source: CDC 2017. Surveillance of Vaccination Coverage Among Adult Populations — United States, 2015. Table 1.
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/ss/ss6611a1.htm

 

Adults (Influenza):

Age-adjusted percentage of adults aged 65 years and older who received the influenza (flu) shot, 2014-2015 season

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black /
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
64.3%
75.1%
0.9

Source: CDC 2017. Surveillance of Vaccination Coverage Among Adult Populations — United States, 2015. Table 1.
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/ss/ss6611a1.htm

 

Age-adjusted percentage of adults aged 18 and over who received the influenza (flu) shot in the past 12 months, 2015

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black /
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
36.0%
46.9%
0.8

Source: CDC 2017. Health United States, 2016. Table 68.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus16.pdf [PDF | 11.14MB]

 

Adults (Pneumonia)

Age-adjusted percentage of adults aged 65 years and older who ever received the pneumococcal vaccine (pneumonia shot), 2015

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
50.2%
68.1%
0.7

 

Age-adjusted percentage of high risk adults aged 19 to 64 years who ever received the pneumococcal vaccine (pneumonia shot), 2015

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
22.0%
24.0%
0.9

 

Adults (HPV):

Percentage of women ages 19 to 26, who ever received atleast 1 dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, 2015

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black /
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
38.0%
44.7%
0.9

Source: CDC 2018. Surveillance of Vaccination Coverage Among Adult Populations — United States, 2015. Table 1.
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/ss/ss6611a1.htm

 

Adolescents (Hepatitis):

Percentage of adolescents aged 13 to 17 years who received 3 or more doses of the hepatitis B vaccination, 2017

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
91.6%
92.4%
1.0

 

Adolescents (Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)):

Percentage of adolescents aged 13 to 17 years who received 2 or more doses of measles, mumps, rubella vaccination, 2017

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
91.8%
92.6%
1.0

 

Adolescents (Tdap):

Percentage of adolescents aged 13 to 17 years who received 1 or more doses of the tetanus-diptheria booster or Tdap, 2017

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
89.7%
89.7%
1.0

Source: CDC 2018. Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2017. Supplementary Table 1.
https://stacks.cdc.gov/view/cdc/58073

 

Adolescents (HPV):

Percentage of adolescents aged 13 to 17 years who ever received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, 2017 - Females

African Americans
Non-Hispanic White
African Americans/Non-Hispanic White Ratio<
Male
67.3
56.7
1.2
Female
72.8
63.6
1.1
Total
70.0
60.0
1.2

Source: CDC 2018. TeenVaxView. 2017 Report.
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/imz-managers/coverage/teenvaxview/data-reports/hpv/index.html

 

Children (DTaP):

Percentage of children aged 19 to 35 months who received the universally recommended vaccination – 4 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP), 2016

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
76.8%
84.8%
0.9

 

Children (Hib):

Percentage of children aged 19 to 35 months who received the universally recommended vaccination – full series Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), 2016

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
75.6%
83.0%
0.9

 

Children (Hepatitis B):

Percentage of children aged 19 to 35 months who received the universally recommended vaccination – 3 doses hepatitis B (hep B) vaccine, 2016

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
90.0%
91.3%
1.0

 

At a glance – Children (MMR):

Percentage of children aged 19 to 35 months who received the universally recommended vaccination – 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), 2016

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
89.4%
91.6%
1.0

 

Children (Polio):

Percentage of children aged 19 to 35 months who received the universally recommended vaccination – 3 doses of polio, 2016

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
90.3%
92.5%
1.0

 

Children (Chicken Pox):

Percentage of children aged 19 to 35 months who received the universally recommended vaccination – 1 dose varicella vaccine (chicken pox), 2016

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
89.9%
90.8%
1.0

 

Children (Fully Immunized):

Percentage of children aged 19 to 35 months who are fully immunized, 2016 (4:3:1:3)

Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
64.1%
72.2%
0.9

Source: CDC 2017. Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19–35 Months — United States, 2016. Table 2.
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6643a3.htm

Last Modified: 11/5/2018 9:34:00 PM