243196 Developing a sustainable best practice model for school-based seasonal influenza vaccinations

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 3:30 PM

Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, FACP , Executive Director, Kanawha Charleston Health Department, Charleston, WV

Rates of influenza infection are highest among children resulting in frequent outpatient and emergency department visits, school absenteeism, and loss of parental work productivity. School-aged children have high influenza illness attack rates and play a key role in influenza transmission throughout the community.


To utilize the existing public health resources and community partnerships to develop a sustainable best practice model for school-based seasonal influenza clinics.

Significance: Sufficient research has demonstrated that mass vaccination of school-aged children may be the most efficient approach in reducing population-level influenza illness attack rates. However, school-based seasonal influenza clinics are not commonly utilized as challenges remain in developing and sustaining such models.


Having developed a successful school-located vaccination (SLV) clinics campaign during H1N1 pandemic, the Kanawha-Charleston health department and Kanawha county schools partnered again to offer the 2010 seasonal influenza vaccine to all the children enrolled in public and private schools in the largest county in West Virginia. Vaccine was offered to children regardless of insurance status but parents were asked to voluntarily fill out insurance information. Public education on influenza was conducted.


Between October 18, 2010 and January 06, 2011, total of 7,956 vaccine doses were administered in schools. Adequate insurance information was voluntarily provided by parents for 89% of the children vaccinated.


Developing strong partnership between local health departments and school system including defined responsibilities is central to successful implementation of seasonal influenza SLV clinics. This model can be sustainable if sufficient parents provide insurance information voluntarily.

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe a sustainable best practice model for school-based seasonal influenza vaccination 2. Demostrate collaborative partneship between local health department and school health

Keywords: School Health, Local Public Health Agencies

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified because I am the Health Officer/Executive Director for clinic work presented
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.