Black Nursing Home Residents Vaccinated Less Than Whites

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From Business Week:

A new study finds a racial disparity in flu and pneumococcal vaccination rates among U.S. nursing-home residents: Blacks were 13 percent to 15 percent less likely to get vaccinated than whites.

Researchers, who report their findings online Feb. 10 in the American Journal of Public Health, analyzed a 2004 survey of 11,448 white and 1,174 black nursing-home residents. Overall, the vaccination rate was 76.2 percent for influenza and 48.5 percent for pneumococcal infections.

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Blacks had a 13 percent lower vaccination rate for influenza than whites and 15 percent lower for the pneumococcal vaccine.

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