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May 12, 2004

Race-Based Immunization Recommendations and the Potential to Reduce Health Disparities

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Divisions of General Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and General Internal Medicine and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

JAMA. 2004;291(18):2253-2255. doi:10.1001/jama.291.18.2253

The first National Healthcare Disparities Report,1 released last December, laments the "inequality in quality" of health care received by members of different race and ethnic groups in the United States. The report highlights racial disparities in vaccination rates for adult influenza and pneumococcal disease as a prime target for clinician-based and community-based interventions, principally by reducing missed opportunities to administer adult immunizations.

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