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NFID Surveys: US Black Adult Perspectives on Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines

In the US, communities of color are disproportionately impacted by both influenza (flu) and COVID-19. Racial and ethnic disparities in flu vaccination coverage continue across the lifespan, contributing to overall poorer health outcomes in communities of color. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during the 2021-2022 flu season, flu vaccination coverage was 16.3 percentage points lower for Black adults and 17.4 percentage points lower for Hispanic adults compared with White adults,

In December 2020, NFID conducted a national survey to better understand knowledge, attitudes, and practices among US Black adults regarding flu and COVID-19 vaccination. In December 2021, NFID conducted an additional survey assessing US Black adult (age 18-49 years) knowledge and attitudes toward flu and COVID-19 vaccination, including changes since the prior flu season as well as a deeper look into the factors that influence vaccine uptake among younger adults. By leveraging the results of these surveys, NFID is working in collaboration with partner organizations to develop targeted communications to help raise awareness of the importance of disease prevention and treatment, and to increase vaccination rates among US Black adults.


Reviewed June 2022

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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