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With the emergence of novel viral strains and the anticipation of newer vaccines, health literacy takes on greater urgency in the U.S. Health literacy is the ability to obtain, understand, and act on basic health information.
Unfortunately, the U.S. has very poor rates of health literacy. According to the Department of Education, only 12% of U.S. adults had “proficient” health literacy. International adult literacy surveys further support this finding, as they have also found low rates of literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills among US adults, all of which are essential components of health literacy.
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