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.
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.
Davis MM. Race-Based Immunization Recommendations and the Potential to Reduce Health Disparities. JAMA. 2004;291(18):2253-2255. doi:10.1001/jama.291.18.2253