Achieving the national health objective for influenza immunization: Success of an institution-wide vaccination program

Kristin L. Nichol, Jane E. Korn, Karen L. Margolis, Gregory A. Poland, Robert A. Petzel, Richard P. Lofgren

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Abstract

purpose: To enhance influenza vaccination rates for high-risk outpatients at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, an institution-wide immunization program was implemented during 1987. patients and methods: The program consisted of: (1) a hospital policy allowing nurses to vaccinate without a signed physician's order; (2) stamped reminders on all clinic progress notes; (3) a 2-week walk-in flu shot clinic; (4) influenza vaccination "stations" in the busiest clinic areas; and (5) a mailing to all outpatients. Risk characteristics and vaccination rates for patients were estimated from a validation self-administered postcard questionnaire mailed to 500 randomly selected outpatients. For comparison, 500 patients were surveyed from each of three other Midwestern VAMCs without similar programs. results: Overall, 70.6% of Minneapolis patients were high-risk and 58.3% of them were vaccinated. In contrast, 69.9% of patients at the comparison medical centers were high-risk, but only 29.9% of them were vaccinated. conclusion: The Minneapolis VAMC influenza vaccination program was highly successful and may serve as a useful model for achieving the national health objective for influenza immunization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-160
Number of pages5
JournalThe American Journal of Medicine
Volume89
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 1990

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  • Medicine(all)

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