Chu, Susan Y. and Barker, Lawrence E.
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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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||racial/ethnic differences; immunization; preschool children; coverage gap|
|Subjects:||Health > Disparities|
Health > Prenatal & Pediatric Health
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|Date Deposited:||02 Oct 2008|
|Last Modified:||30 Jun 2011 10:30|
|Link to this item (URI):||http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1010|
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