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Vaccine. 2000 Apr 28;18(21):2288-94.

Influenza vaccination in children with asthma in health maintenance organizations. Vaccine Safety Datalink Team.

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  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-E61, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA. pdk3@cdc.gov


We assessed vaccination coverage and predictors of influenza vaccination in asthmatic children in four large Health Maintenance Organizations. We studied 68,839 children with asthma at four Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) in the 1995-1996 influenza season and 34,032 children at two HMOs in the 1996-1997 influenza season. In both seasons only 9-10% were vaccinated against influenza. Children who were hospitalized, had an emergency department visit for asthma or a prescription for a beta-agonist prior to the influenza season, were more likely to be vaccinated. Overall, 61% of the unvaccinated asthmatic children had made an outpatient clinic visit during months when influenza vaccination would have been appropriate. Vaccination coverage could be increased by taking advantage of all opportunities to vaccinate children with asthma whenever they make clinic visits in the fall and early winter.

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