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Am J Public Health. 2004 Jun;94(6):973-7.

Racial/ethnic disparities in preschool immunizations: United States, 1996-2001.

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National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Mail Stop E-5, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA. syc1@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined current racial/ethnic differences in immunization coverage rates among US preschool children.

METHODS:

Using National Immunization Survey data from 1996 through 2001, we compared vaccination coverage rates between non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black, Hispanic, and Asian preschool children.

RESULTS:

During the 6-year study period, the immunization coverage gap between White and Black children widened by an average of 1.1% each year, and the gap between White and Hispanic children widened by an average of 0.5% each year. The gap between White and Asian children narrowed by an average of 0.8% each year.

CONCLUSIONS:

Racial/ethnic disparities in preschool immunization coverage rates have increased significantly among some groups; critical improvements in identifying, understanding, and addressing race/ethnicity-specific health care differences are needed to achieve the Healthy People 2010 goal of eliminating disparities.

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