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J Public Health Manag Pract. 2009 Sep-Oct;15(5):393-400. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181a13951.

Support for universal childhood vaccination against influenza among private pediatric clinics and public health departments in Georgia.

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Research Programs, Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine, Emory Vaccine Center, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA.


Recently, it has been recommended that all persons 6 months to 18 years be vaccinated annually against influenza. To assess support for this universal recommendation leading up to its implementation, a cross-sectional survey of healthcare workers at private pediatric clinics (N = 44) and public health departments (N = 75) was conducted. The survey, conducted in the state of Georgia during 2005-2006, asked about (a) support for universal childhood vaccination against influenza, (b) general and influenza-specific immunization practices in 2004-2005, and (c) types of assistance needed to implement a universal childhood recommendation. Our response rate was 70 percent for private clinics and 71 percent for public health departments. The majority of providers supported universal childhood vaccination against influenza; agreement was especially pronounced at public health departments. Public health departments employed more nurses and were more likely to have a policy of vaccinating parents along with their children; private clinics were more likely to use patient reminders or add extra hours during the influenza vaccination season. Respondents from both types of clinics indicated they would need multiple forms of assistance to implement a universal recommendation for childhood vaccination against influenza. Given the strong support for universal vaccination among healthcare workers at public health departments, these facilities may be instrumental for reaching the large number of children recently added to the recommendations. However, these facilities will need multiple forms of assistance.

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