This study consisted of constructing a purposive sample of elementary, middle and high schools where mass influenza vaccination campaigns were conducted in 2005 and 2006, and conducting a semi-structured interview with key informants. Recommendations for influenza vaccination of children were expanded in 2007 to include all children 6 months through 18 years, and identifying feasible means of vaccinating children every year is a priority. Because children can be easily reached at school, school-based vaccination clinics may be a feasible approach.
The project achieved vaccination rates of 40%. Children missed at most 20 minutes of class time. This level of success in obtaining parental consent depended on the superintendent, principal, school nurse, and school office staff support. The principle barrier to program sustainability was vaccine cost, specifically for privately insured children who do not meet federal qualifications for the Vaccines for Children Program. Evaluations of the feasibility of billing third party payers for vaccines administered in school-based seasonal influenza vaccination clinics are beginning at this time.
Report Title: Management and Outcome of School-based Mass Vaccination Clinics for Seasonal Influenza: A National Perspective http://cdc.confex.com/cdc/nic2008/webprogram/Paper15856.html
Agency Sponsor: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Contact: Julie Zajac, 404-498-4381
Performer: Staff; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
PIC ID: 9028