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Pediatrics. 2012 Mar;129 Suppl 2:S96-S100. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-0737I.

Pediatrician attitudes concerning school-located vaccination clinics for seasonal influenza.

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  • 1University of Maryland Department of Pediatrics, 737 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA. vkeane@peds.umaryland.edu



Vaccinating all children aged 6 months to 18 years every year has potentially large ramifications for office-based primary care pediatricians. We determined the degree to which pediatricians support routine annual influenza vaccination outside the medical home, especially in school-located mass influenza vaccination clinics.


Internet-based survey sent in May and June 2009 to all 623 currently practicing primary care general pediatricians who were members of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Of those surveyed, 193 (31%) responded. Approximately 67% reported they vaccinated more than half the children in their practice with at least one dose in the 2008-2009 influenza season, and about half anticipated that, in their office, they would not attain ≥75% coverage of all patients older than 5 months of age. Approximately 27% of respondents predicted they would likely have difficulty obtaining sufficient vaccine to cover commercially insured patients, and 32% were likely to have difficulty getting sufficient vaccine to cover Medicaid, underinsured, and uninsured patients because of ordering or distribution problems. Approximately 78% of respondents cited borderline or poor reimbursement for influenza vaccinations, and 53% had unused vaccine at the end of the 2008-2009 influenza season. Ninety-six percent of respondents supported school-located influenza vaccination programs in their community for their patients.


These results indicate awareness by primary care pediatricians in Maryland of the potential difficulties involved in implementing universal influenza vaccinations in their practice and their support of school-located vaccination programs managed by the local health department in their community.

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