New Vital Signs Report—Inequities in Flu Vaccination

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October 2022

Influenza (Flu)
2022 - 2023 Flu Season 

New CDC Vital Signs Report: Inequities in Flu Vaccination

The latest CDC Vital Signs report points to lower flu vaccination rates for people from some racial and ethnic minority groups. These groups also experience disparities in terms of higher flu hospitalization rates. Reasons for the inequities include lack of access to health care and insurance, missed opportunities to vaccinate, and misinformation and distrust. 

1 in 2

Only 1 in 2 American adults got a flu vaccine during the 2021–2022 flu season.


Less than 43% of Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native adults were vaccinated during the 2021–2022 flu season.


Flu hospitalization rates were nearly 80% higher among Black adults than White adults from 2009–2022. 

Multiple Actions Work Best to Improve Access and Vaccine Confidence   

Using proven measures may help increase vaccination among people from some racial and ethnic minority communities. 

actions to improve vaccine confidence graphic with text: Promote community-based vaccination, Partner with trusted messengers, Use culturally responsive messages, Emphasize flu vaccination

Credits: Philippine Nurses Association of American Foundation (top left), the Ad Council (top right)

Vital Signs Report: To learn more about fighting flu by ensuring access to vaccination for everyone, visit the Vital Signs web page and read the full report.  

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