December 14, 2017

In a recent Frederick News-Post article, author Imade Borha highlights a news study about vaccine skepticism among African-Americans published by a team of researchers from the University of Maryland and the University of Georgia.

Borgha interviewed Family Science Professor Sandra C. Quinn, who said that the study found that a story during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic about former Washington Redskins cheerleader Desiree Jennings apparently debilitated by a flu shot, was frequently discussed among black participants as a reason to skip the vaccine. Health experts have questioned the cause of Jenning’s health condition, saying that the condition was probably psychological and unrelated to the flu shot. 

“The health disparities in African-American communities are such a serious issue,” Quinn said. “It puts people at higher risk [not getting a flu shot]. And it’s all preventable.”


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