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Understanding Differences in Influenza Immunization Rates: A Survey of African-American and Caucasian Medicare Beneficiaries in Texas

Author: ROBERT L. ABEL, PAUL McGAHA, ROBERT YOUNG, MARK BING, TERESA FORAN, and BRIAN OAKS
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 26 No. 2

A goal of Healthy People 2010 is to increase the influenza immu-
nization rate among high-risk populations to at least 90 percent. This
article presents the results of a survey on influenza immunizations
among African-Americans and Caucasian Medicare beneficiaries in a
25-county project intervention area in Texas. Information on the burden
of suffering from pneumonia and influenza, the benefits of influenza
immunization, and recommendations are included. Data are presented
on the characteristics of the African-American and Caucasian Medicare
beneficiary survey respondents, their influenza immunization rates,
health status and sources of health care, and factors that influence them
to obtain an annual influenza immunization.

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