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Public Health Reports: Health Disparities Among People Infected With Influenza, Rhode Island, 2013-2018

In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Brown University School of Public Health researchers assessed health disparities associated with influenza infection based on two socioeconomic factors — median household income and educational attainment. Researchers geocoded people with confirmed influenza infection by home address and determined the associated level of risk for each socioeconomic factor. The incidence of influenza per 100,000 person-years was significantly higher in populations with low vs. high median household income and in populations with low vs. high educational attainment. Findings suggest Rhode Islanders with a lower socioeconomic status are at greater risk of an influenza infection than those with higher socioeconomic status.

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