212154 Herpes Zoster Vaccination and Screening in a Community Health Center

Monday, November 9, 2009

Julie Lauffenburger , School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh, Taylorville, IL
Purpose: Herpes Zoster, a viral disease characterized by painful blisters, is especially prevalent in the elderly population. Currently covered under Medicare Part D, vaccine administration is costly and prohibitive in many underserved health centers. This project describes creation of a partnership between a federally-qualified health center and community pharmacy to enable access and administration of the vaccine in the local underserved geriatric population.

Methods: Key collaborators were approached from a community health center, adult apartment community, and community pharmacy. Barriers to access, including transportation and cost issue, were researched. The health center determined that a program was necessary to provide patients with access to necessary vaccinations. A partnership was established with a pharmacy for prompt and accessible vaccine administration. Screening of potential patients was performed at the community health center followed by an education outreach at both the adult apartment community. After screening, patients were then directly contacted by mail and telephone with information and resources to receive the vaccine.

Results: 40 patients were screened and personally contacted with information about the project. 17 patients demonstrated interest in the vaccination, with 8 patients administered to date. Patient education materials about the vaccine and the partnership were also created and distributed for permanent use at the community health center. This collaboration will be continued in the future to enable more health center patients to directly access the vaccine at the pharmacy.

Conclusion: Educational tools were created to address gaps in patient access to a herpes-zoster vaccination at a community health center.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss limitations and barriers to accessing to Herpes Zoster Vaccination in the elderly community. Evaluate a community health center and community pharmacy collaborative model to addressing Herpes zoster vaccination.

Keywords: Access and Services, Immunizations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved in various professional associations in leadership positions and have experience conducting and presenting work on past research projects at national association meetings. I have been involved with this particular community health center for over two years through the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program. Additionally, I have also taken coursework at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health and have recently received a grant from them, so I am additionally familiar and intimately aquainted with the school. I also have strong support from the University of Pittsburgh faculty in the development and presentation of this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.