Still, during the 2009-2010 flu season, the African-American hospitalization rate was 29.7 per 100,000 people compared with the white hospitalization rate of 16.3 per 100,000 people, and vaccination rates for the deadly H1N1 virus were 9.8% lower for African-American adults and 4.2% lower for African-American children than for white children. Meanwhile, seasonal flu vaccinations were 16.5% lower for African-American adults than white adults and 5.6% lower for African-American children than white children. The report's findings also showed that H1N1 vaccination rate was 11.5% lower for Hispanic adults than for whites, although the rate was 5.5% higher for Hispanic children than white children.
For the seasonal flu, the vaccination rates were 21.7% lower for Hispanic adults and 2.6% lower for Hispanic children than whites.
The report also said all healthcare personnel should receive the seasonal vaccine. As of January 2010, the report said, 62% of healthcare workers had been vaccinated against seasonal flu and only 37% received an H1N1 shot.
“Healthcare providers are role models as well as trusted sources of information,” the report said. “Americans are less likely to trust the safety of vaccines if their providers are not vaccinated, and no one should ever get the flu from their doctor, nurse of medical technician.”