March 27, 2017

Many African-Americans don't get flu shots because they don't trust the vaccine, while whites are more likely to think the flu is not a big deal, reports the Baltimore Sun. The study the Sun reports on was conducted in part by researchers from the Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland, College Park, who looked at racial disparities in flu vaccinations. "The researchers found African-Americans worried about the safety of the shot more than the health risks of the flu," the article reports. Department of Family Science Professor Sandra Crouse Quinn said that many factors contribute to the low vaccination rates among African-Americans, including general distrust of health care and other institutions because of past racism. She suggested doctors could receive better cultural competency training, according to the article.

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