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Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Preschool Immunizations: United States, 1996–2001

Chu, Susan Y. and Barker, Lawrence E. (2004) Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Preschool Immunizations: United States, 1996–2001. American Journal of Public Health, 94 (6). pp. 973-977. ISSN 0090-0036

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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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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
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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