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J Public Health Manag Pract. 2010 Sep-Oct;16(5):E01-8. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181c60ed4.

Evaluation of a legislatively mandated influenza vaccination program for adults in Rhode Island, USA.

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Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA. fahmed@cdc.gov

Abstract

CONTEXT:

There have been disruptions in influenza vaccine supply in the United States during the 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2004-2005, and 2005-2006 influenza seasons. Some providers received limited or no vaccine, while others obtained their order in full, depending on with whom the order was placed. A state law was passed that mandates the Rhode Island Department of Health to include the purchase and distribution of influenza vaccine for adults in its immunization program.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the first 2 years of the statewide adult influenza immunization program.

DESIGN:

We conducted key informant interviews of 25 providers in 2008 and surveyed all enrolled providers in 2008 (year 1) and 2009 (year 2).

SETTING:

State of Rhode Island.

PARTICIPANTS:

Physician practices and facilities that provide influenza vaccination to adults, including private practices, nursing homes, health centers, urgent care facilities, hospitals, mass immunizers, and businesses.

INTERVENTION:

Enrolled providers received influenza vaccines free and billed insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid for vaccine administration costs.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Provider satisfaction with different program components and overall satisfaction.

RESULTS:

For year 1, there was higher satisfaction with enrollment, training, vaccine ordering, and vaccine shipment than with paperwork and claims. Of the survey respondents, 71% reported that the program paperwork was reasonable and 30% reported difficulties in receiving reimbursement. Satisfaction with the vaccination start date of October 17, 2007, was 80%. There was high overall satisfaction (94%). In response to streamlining of reporting requirements and setting an earlier start date of October 7, 2008, for year 2, there was a significant increase in satisfaction with paperwork (89%) and with vaccination start date (90%).

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings may be useful in guiding the development of vaccination programs to provide influenza and other vaccines for adults at the state or national level.

PMID:
20689382
DOI:
10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181c60ed4
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