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Vaccine. 2010 Mar 24;28(15):2722-9. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.01.024. Epub 2010 Jan 26.

School-based influenza vaccine delivery, vaccination rates, and healthcare use in the context of a universal influenza immunization program: an ecological study.

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  • 1The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Room G1 06, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5, Canada. jeff.kwong@utoronto.ca

Abstract

Influenza vaccines are universally funded in Ontario, Canada. Some public health units (PHUs) vaccinate children in schools. We examined the impact of school-based delivery on vaccination rates and healthcare use of the entire population over seven influenza seasons (2000-2007) using population-based survey and health administrative data. School-based vaccination was associated with higher vaccination rates in school-age children only. Doctors' office visits were lower for PHUs with school-based vaccination for children aged 12-19 but not for other age groups. Emergency department use and hospitalizations were similar between the two groups. In the context of universal influenza vaccination, school-based delivery is associated with higher vaccination rates and modest reductions in healthcare use in school-age children.

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