Presentation on theme: "Influenza Vaccination Strategies"— Presentation transcript:
1 Influenza Vaccination Strategies Amy Groom, MPHIHS Immunization Program Manager
2 Agenda Overview - Amy Groom IHS Flu Coverage DataSummary of resources and best practicesNavajo Area – Successful influenza vaccination strategies – Diana HuNashville AreaArea perspective – Nichole BlackfoxPerspective from the fieldSandra Day – Poarch CreekDebbie Roshon – MicMac
3 Mid-Season Estimates U.S. vs. IHS Flu Coverage Data U.S. Estimates as of Nov. 2011*IHS Estimates as of Dec. 5th, 2011**IHS Estimates as of Jan 14th , 2012**Overall (≥ 6 months)36.3%25.2%29.9%Children (6mos-17 yrs)36.7%25.8%31.5%Adults (≥ 18 yrs)36.2%24.9%29.3% 65+ years62.3%37.8%43.5%*Based on self –reported vaccine status. Full report available at:**Based on patient medical record. Reports available at:
4 Flu Vaccine Coverage By IHS Area January 14th, 2012 All Ages (6 months +) U.S. Estimate: 36.3%
5 National Resources Flu vaccine finder, educational materials Immunization Action Coalition – sample standing orders, provider materials –Effective Strategies to Promote Influenza Vaccine Uptake Among Culturally Diverse Populations - Joint AHIP/CDC/HHS recorded webinar.Walgreens influenza voucher initiative
6 IHS Resources Available at www.ihs.gov/flu Public Service AnnouncementsWes StudiCalifornia Rural Indian Health BoardIHS DirectorPosters and Fact Sheets with AI/AN peopleFlu Presentation for community membersTool KitsTribal Head Start/Early Childhood Education programsCommunity Vaccination Guide
8 Best Practices Increase access to vaccine Flu Immunization protocols and standing ordersWalk in flu clinics/streamlined registrationExtended clinic hours, weekends/eveningsClinics in the communitySchools, chapter houses, casinos, grocery storesHire additional staff/overtime authorizationPharmacist immunizersMass vaccination clinics for emergency preparednessCollaborations between IHS, Tribes, state/local health departments, schoolsVaccine promotion - start early!Local radio, newspapers, tribal newslettersCommunity education (PHNs, CHRs)
9 Best Practices cont. Review the data Utilize Reminder Recall Influenza report in the RPMS Immunization PackageIHS Influenza Awareness System (IIAS) weekly reportsInfluenza-like illness trendsFlu vaccine doses administered and coverageUtilize Reminder Recall- “Not Current” list in the RPMS Influenza Report
10 Next StepsOur population is at high risk from flu - we must do better!Review current flu vaccination opportunitiesStanding orders?Walk in opportunities?Pharmacist immunizers?Review vaccine coverage data THROUGHOUT the seasonReminder Recall strategies for those not vaccinatedEducate providers AND the community about the importance of flu vaccinationInfluenza vaccination is a TEAM effort.
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