October 26, 2022
A new CDC report provides a call to action to address disparities in flu hospitalizations and vaccinations among Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) adults.
The analysis in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report comes as hospitals are preparing for a potentially challenging winter of respiratory viruses and urging everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu this fall.
“Health care providers, state and federal officials, and individuals can work together to fight flu by taking steps to increase vaccine uptake in everyone, including people from racial and ethnic minority groups,” the CDC notes.
Here’s what you need to know:
The report reviews hospitalization rates from 2009–2022 and flu vaccination coverage from 2010–2022.
HAP joins Pennsylvania’s hospital community to remind everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu. Getting vaccinated will help ensure that you have full protection against the viruses as we head into the winter season.
Hospitals also are committed to identifying and addressing inequities in health care that contribute to disparities in outcomes. Read the CDC report online.
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