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Foreign-born U.S. adults—especially Hispanics—are less likely to get vaccinated than those born in the United States, according to a new study, the Latin Times reports.
The study, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, found that foreign-born adults had lower vaccination rates for: influenza; PPV to prevent pneumococcal diseases, especially pneumonia; tetanus; Tdap (which prevents tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis); hepatitis A; hepatitis B; shingles; and HPV, the human papilloma virus.
For example, 34% of foreign-born adults received the flu vaccine, vs. 40% of U.S.-born adults.
And 51% of foreign-born adults were vaccinated for vaccinated for tetanus, vs. 65% of U.S.-born adults.
Hispanics were the least likely foreign-born adults to be vaccinated.
“As their numbers continue to rise, it will become increasingly important to consider this group in our efforts to increase vaccination and eliminate coverage disparities,” said CDC researcher Dr. Peng-Jun Lu, the study’s lead author, according to the Latin Times. “The prevalence of most vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S. is at or near record lows, although many of these diseases remain endemic in other countries.”