What is it about?

Asthma is a common disease in children that places them at higher risk for complications from influenza, though little research has explored the vaccination rate in this population. This study investigated the population of Detroit children with asthma according to influenza vaccination status who were seen in a pediatric emergency department.

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Why is it important?

Findings from this study highlighted Detroit Census Tracts with low vaccination coverage. The research results suggest the role of education and advocacy for influenza vaccination needs to be further explored in areas where children may lack traditional healthcare access at primary care offices. Public health professionals with this information can develop initiatives to improve vaccination rates in these higher risk communities.


This article is the product of my Master’s in Public Health research and the first research project I have designed. Locally to this research, influenza vaccination rates are considerably lower than national averages. I hope local agencies and researchers see value in exploring our results and develop interventions to improve influenza vaccination rates in this population.

Sarah Parker
University of Michigan

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This page is a summary of: Influenza vaccination coverage among an urban pediatric asthma population: Implications for population health, PLoS ONE, October 2022, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0269415.
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