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H1N1 hospitalization higher for minorities

November 10, 2010
United Press International

 

African-Americans, Hispanics and American Indian/Alaska Natives had nearly double the H1N1 hospitalization rates of whites, researchers say. 

A report by the Trust for America's Health, Fighting Flu Fatigue, says during the 2009-10 flu season, African-American hospitalization rates were 29.7 per 100,000 people compared to white hospitalization rates of 16.3 per 100,000 people, while Hispanic hospitalization rates were 30.7 percent per 100,000 people.

H1N1 vaccination rates were 9.8 percent lower for African-American adults and 4.2 percent lower for African-American children than for whites, while seasonal flu vaccination rates were 16.5 percent lower for African-American adults and 5.6 percent lower for African-American children than for whites.

 

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