The flu proves more deadly for children of color than for White youths, study says

These include a variety of elements key to people’s health and well-being, such as economic stability, access to quality education and health care, the environmental conditions of a person’s neighborhood, crowded housing, systemic racism and more. “These are those factors outside of individual control,” Thomas says, and they affect how likely a person is to get severe disease from flu, as well as their likelihood to receive a flu vaccine. “Do I have sick leave? Can I take off from my job to go get a flu shot?”

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