According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Hispanics are less likely to get vaccinated against the flu shot.
This makes them more vulnerable when getting sick. Public health officials are saying that this is the worst flu going around.
Twenty-four states including New Mexico and Texas are experiencing high flu activity.
Doctors and public health workers say that the reason why Latinos are less likely to get vaccinated is because most the majority does not have insurance and others just don’t have enough time.
Anita Walton, chief medical officer at San Diego Family Care, which operates two clinics in areas of San Diego with a large number of Hispanic residents said, “A lot of our population, whether they’re Hispanic or otherwise, are employed in multiple jobs, so their day is pretty much taken up going from one job to another.”
Dr. Javier Rodriguez, medical director for La Maestra Community Health Centers, a network of clinics in San Diego, also agreed with Anita. He stated, “If you’re working and you miss a few hours of pay to come get a flu shot, it’s not, you know, in your best interest.”