So the latest edition of MMWR had an article about vaccination rates among adolescents aged 13-17 in the United States. It can be found here
. Now picking through this treasure trove of juicy epidemiological data, I came across some numbers that I am at a loss to explain, and would be quite interested in hearing hypotheses on the subject.
1. For MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) coverage there is a discrepancy of 3.9 percent between coverage of white and black populations. However, there is no great discrepancy between populations living below the poverty line and those at or above it (1.5 percent), suggesting that this discrepancy is non-economic in origin (or at least not wholly
2. Individuals living below the poverty line are significantly more likely to have received their first dose of HPV vaccine by a discrepancy of a full 9.4 percent; however, they are not
more likely to have completed a full three dose course (discrepancy of 1.3 percent).
In short: What non-poverty related factors could cause a discrepancy in vaccination rate between two racial/ethnic groups? And, what circumstances could account for a higher
rate of vaccination among those living below the poverty line?
If you want to present a hypothesis (and I really hope you do, cause I am kind of stumped), please do so with academic rigor and decorum (bonus points for citations ^_^). This is here in EU rather than P&R because I do not intend to invite or tolerate debate of politics. The goal of this is to identify raw epidemiological factors, not to grouse, finger-point, or be partisan. If you wish to support an anti-vac opinion, play the blame game, or bicker, please make your own thread. Thanks.