Disparities in flu vaccinations affect minority groups expert says.

There are many factors driving these disparities, including distrust in the health care system

MADISON, Wis (WKBT) – We are entering respiratory disease season as COVID-19 rates grow in Wisconsin and as flu season is approaching.

Data shows COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted indigenous people and communities of color.

This is a sharp reminder of the significant disparities that exist for flu vaccination coverage.

There are many factors driving these disparities, including distrust in the health care system, safety concerns, and lower rates of health coverage or access to health care.

“There’s been a history of things that our nation has done, against people of color as it relates to health, that are unethical and not justified, so there’s some distrust,” said Dr. Jasmine Zapata of UW-Health.

There is still time to get a flu vaccine, just contact your medical provider.

Flu season often peaks in January or February.