Flu Shot Disparities

According to the CDC, people of racial and ethnic communities experience higher rates of severe flu-related illness and hospitalization, and they historically have lower vaccination rates than non-Hispanic White people.

Hospitalization Rates:

  • Non-Hispanic Black people (69 per 100,000)
  • Non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaskan Native people (49 per 100,000)
  • Hispanic or Latino people (45 per 100,000)
  • Non-Hispanic White people (38 per 100,000)
  • Non-Hispanic Asian people (32 per 100,000)

Adult Flu Vaccination Percentages:

  • 38.6% Hispanic or Latino people
  • 40.4% non-Hispanic Black people
  • 41.5 % non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaskan Native people
  • 54.5% non-Hispanic Asian people
  • 55.5% non-Hispanic White people

You can help reduce these disparities and increase flu shot use:

  • Use each office visit to talk to your patients about why it’s important to get the flu shot
  • Share handouts with patients who want additional information, have questions, or decline the flu shot
  • Refer patients to a vaccine provider if your practice doesn’t administer the flu shot

Medicare Part B covers 1 flu shot per flu season and additional flu shots, if medically necessary. Your patients pay nothing if you accept assignment.

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CMS MLN Connects, Thursday, December 16, 2021

            Last Updated Tue, 21 Dec 2021 18:04:51 +0000