Monday, February 10, 2014

Adult vaccination rates low states CDC, especially among Hispanics

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released their latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on February 7th, alerting the public that the number of adult vaccinations in the United States is significantly lower than it should be. While all adults were below average when it came to vaccine status, even greater disparities were found among different ethnicities, with Hispanics having some of the lowest vaccination rates.

Highlights of the report included:

Hepatitis A: Only 12 percent of adults aged 19 to 49 had full hepatitis A vaccination coverage (at least two doses) in 2012. Coverage was higher for Asians (18.7 percent) than for non-Hispanic whites (12.2 percent), but coverage for Hispanics (10.5 percent) was lower than for non-Hispanic whites.

Hepatitis B: About 35 percent of U.S. adults aged 19 to 49 had the recommended three or more doses of hepatitis B vaccine. Vaccination coverage was lower for blacks (34.2 percent) and Hispanics (27.1 percent) compared with whites (37.5 percent).

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