Navigation Links
In pandemic, parents who get reminders more likely to get kids vaccinated
Date:11/18/2013

Ann Arbor, Mich. A new University of Michigan study found that the state immunization registry the public health database that tracks vaccinations can be an effective tool to encourage influenza vaccinations during a pandemic.

U-M researchers collaborated with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) to evaluate a statewide influenza vaccination reminder campaign conducted using the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) during the H1N1 pandemic during 2009-10. The study results were published Nov. 14 in the American Journal of Public Health.

Reminder letters were mailed to parents of children with chronic health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, who had not yet received the vaccine that was recommended during the 2009-10 H1N1 pandemic. The letter explained that children with chronic conditions were at increased risk for complications from H1N1 influenza and that parents should contact the child's health care provider or local health department to make an appointment for vaccination.

Vaccination rates were higher for children whose parents were sent a reminder letter compared to children without chronic conditions who were not sent reminders.

Early in the 2009-10 pandemic, reports from the CDC indicated that pediatric influenza deaths were more common among children with one or more chronic condition, heightening the importance of influenza vaccination among this priority group.

"Immunization registries like MCIR are important public health tools. This study shows the value of using immunization registries to prompt parents of children with a chronic condition to get that child vaccinated," says Kevin Dombkowski, Research Associate Professor with the University of Michigan's Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit.

"This is an important illustration of public health preparedness," says Dombkowski, who was the lead author of the study.

Dombkowski says that the Michigan Department of Community Health has invested significant amounts of time and resources to establish and maintain MCIR, which is one of the best immunization registries in the country.

"MDCH officials recognized the importance of being able to identify these high-risk kids in the event of a severe influenza season, so as a consequence, MCIR was ready when the H1N1 pandemic hit in 2009," he says. "All kids 6 months and older should receive flu vaccine each season, but those with chronic conditions are considered priority cases during pandemics or times of vaccine shortages."

In 2005, MDCH began using administrative claims from the state's Medicaid program to identify children with chronic health conditions. This unique approach makes Michigan a national leader in this type of proactive approach to protecting children at high risk for influenza-related complications, Dombkowski says. "It's a model that most other states could follow."


'/>"/>

Contact: Mary Masson
mfmasson@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Majority of US Schools not ready for next pandemic, SLU researchers say
2. At least 1 in 5 were infected in flu pandemic, international study suggests
3. Parents of Kids With Cancer No More Likely to Break Up
4. Gay Adults Rejected by Parents Have Worse Health, Study Finds
5. Nearly 1 in 4 grandparents store prescription medicines where children can easily find them
6. A physicians guide for anti-vaccine parents
7. Parents poor math skills may lead to medication errors
8. Friends Parents Can Sway Teens Odds for Drinking, Smoking
9. Study: Kids Who Sleep in Parents Bed Less Likely to Be Overweight
10. Many Parents of Kids With Autism Dont Put Faith in Pediatricians
11. Pediatric epilepsy impacts sleep for the child and parents
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Healthcare Associates of McKinney ... Craig Ranch building at 8080 State Highway 121, Suite 210, McKinney, Texas 75070. ... to Highway 121. , As the practice has grown, the need for more space ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... February 24, 2017 , ... The ... 2017 national conference convening academic faculty engaged in or interested in palliative care education ... Research,” will be held in North County San Diego on Sept. 28 and ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... ... Indiana Fiber Network (IFN) President and CEO Kelly C. Dyer recently announced that he ... of the Management Committee when IFN was originally formed in 2002 where he was ... development of the business plan. He became the first paid employee of IFN ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 24, 2017 , ... ... qualifying into the Senior International Elite division on February 12th. Ms. Esparza ... divisions at the elite qualifier competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frida is ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... On February 22, 2017 the ... to withdraw previous guidance issued by the Obama Administration requiring schools to ... May 2016 by the Obama Administration came in response to a growing number ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... Australia , Feb. 23, 2017 ITL Limited, ( ... announce excellent results for the half year ended 31 December 2016 ... BioMedical Growth Update" presentation can be viewed here . ... $2.12m (Dec 2015: $1.04m; up 104%) Earnings per ... Revenue of $17.5m (Dec 2015: $15.7m; up 11%) ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... , Feb 23, 2017 Research and ... Price Analysis and Strategies - 2016" report to their offering. ... The latest ... drug pricing data and benchmarks in the global Oesophageal Cancer market. ... What are the key drugs marketed for Oesophageal Cancer ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... 23, 2017 Obese people are ... for varicose veins in their body. The rising number ... the adoption of endovenous laser therapy for treatment of ... laser therapy market, published by Future Market Insights, ... and consequences of obesity have collectively factored the growth ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: