||CDC's Best Practices:
Mass Influenza Vaccination Campaigns
The CDC has developed an easy-to-use information sheet to assist health professionals in the set up of a mass vaccination program. The handout provides a quick framework for getting a successful program up and running and for keep patients happy.
Develop liaisons with
community groups representing the elderly and those with chronic diseases
(e.g., offer incentives for groups to attend clinics, ask for volunteers
to help promote and run clinics).
Share information about
vaccine availability with other clinics/facilities providing flu vaccine
in your community. Inform
clients about other locations where vaccine is available.
Schedule and publicize
special “senior clinics” when only elderly, or other high-risk, patients will be accepted.
Schedule flu vaccine delivery
during daytime hours, when younger, healthy clients are less likely to be
Workplace sites can offer
vaccination to elderly and chronically ill employees and relatives of
persons in the workplace.
Promote the campaign by publishing “public service” announcements in local media
stressing a commitment to first serve the high-risk population, and asking
healthy people to cooperate
by waiting for availability of vaccine.
Include up-to-date information about expected availability of more
vaccine and flu activity (or lack of) in the community.
At the Vaccination Location . . .
Establish criteria for
identifying high-risk individuals, and those living with them, and ensure
that they receive top priority.
Establish “express lanes”
for elderly and high-risk patients to reduce the amount of time they have to
stand in line to get the vaccine.
Post notices (or personnel) in
the store asking healthy people to defer their flu shots for [a month] so
high-risk people can be protected with available vaccine. It is important to give people the
opportunity to defer before they have started to wait in line.
Offer incentives for
non-high-risk patients who accept a “rain check” to return at a later
date for their shots.
Keep customers informed. Post notices informing clients of hours of flu vaccine
clinics, of the need to vaccinate high-risk patients first, and assuring
them (if appropriate) when additional shipments of vaccine are expected. Post information about other
locations where vaccine is available
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