Colo. – School-based influenza vaccine programs have the
potential to reach many children at affordable costs and with parental support,
but these programs are limited by low rates of reimbursement from third-party
payers, according to recently published study results by researchers from the
University of Colorado School of Medicine.
school-based flu vaccine program in the Denver Public Schools was effective at
reaching nearly one-third of the students, but billing and reimbursement issues
posed significant problems for administrators of the program.
current program demonstrated that school-based third-party billing for both
vaccine and implementation costs was feasible, but problems with reimbursement
will need to be solved before it can be financially solvent,” the authors wrote
in an article published in the May-June 2014 issue of Academic Pediatrics.
Kempe, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics and director of the Children’s Outcomes
Research Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, said: “Preventing influenza
in school-age children is an important deterrent to community-wide epidemics.
That’s why school-based influenza vaccination is an ideal testing ground for
the development of collaborations within a community.”
a second article, also published in Academic Pediatrics, Kempe and colleagues
reported on a survey finding that a majority of parents supported
school-located influenza vaccination programs, although parents expressed
concern about not being present when the vaccine is administered.
data demonstrate substantial parental support for the participation of schools
in helping accomplish universal coverage among elementary children, although
some will likely not participate unless they are allowed to be present for the
vaccination of their child,” the researchers wrote.
third article in Academic Pediatrics considered parental response to
immunization reminders and found that half of parents had no preference about
whether the reminders came from their child’s physician or from a public health
department. Most parents preferred to receive reminders by mail, but a large
portion found email or text messages acceptable. Alison Saville, MSPH, MSW, is
the lead author of this article.
for these research projects came from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention and the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of