Vital Signs: Flu Hospitalization Rates

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Variations in flu hospitalization rates across racial and ethnic groups have lessened over the past five years but remain higher for Black, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN), and Hispanic individuals. Variations are attributable to lower rates of vaccination coverage and other factors, according to the report, Vital Signs: Influenza Hospitalizations and Vaccination Coverage by Race and Ethnicity—United States, 2009–10 Through 2021–22 Influenza Seasons.

Age-adjusted flu hospitalization rates are much higher among Black adults in comparison to White individuals, while rate variations are less dramatic (but still significant) for AI/AN and Hispanic persons. Flu hospitalization rates are lowest among Asian and Pacific Islander individuals. 

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