JPHMP Direct December 8, 2023
Ali H. Mokdad, India J. Ornelas, Kaitlin (Quirk) Brumbaugh

This post looks at examining current trends in routine childhood vaccination in the US and provides recommendations to address long standing disparities to achieve vaccine equity.

Childhood vaccination rates in the U.S. have been declining since the beginning of the pandemic, with Black and Hispanic children, those with lower socioeconomic status, and those in rural areas seeing the most significant declines. In the article, “Achieving Equity in Childhood Vaccination: A Mixed-Methods Study of Immunization Programs, Policies, and Coverage in 3 U.S. States,” researchers from the University of Washington Population Health Initiative used a mixed-methods study to understand immunization patterns across socioeconomic and racial/ethnic groups over 12 years to identify local interventions and policies that contribute to improving immunization equity....

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