247591 Using a Mobile Health Unit (MHU) to Provide Influenza Vaccines for College Students

Monday, October 31, 2011: 5:30 PM

Reginald Fennell, PhD, CHES, EMT-P , Department of Kinesiology and Health (KNH), Miami University, Oxford, OH
Christopher Escue, MS, CHES , Department of Kinesiology and Health, Miami University (OH), Oxford, OH
Samantha Palumbo , Department of Nursing, Miami University, Hamilton, OH
Kathleen Garner , Department of Nursing, Miami University, Hamilton, OH
Suzanne Stricklin, MSN , Department of Nursing, Miami University, Hamilton, OH
Background and Issues: Could providing mobile vaccination clinics increase the number of college students receiving vaccination against influenza, HPV, and other communicable diseases? According to the American College Health Association - National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA), 39.9% of college students reported receiving vaccination against influenza in the last 12 months (shot or nasal mist). The CDC recommends the seasonal influenza vaccine for “everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu”. According to the CDC, in a typical year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu. “Flu-related deaths range from 3,300 to 48,600 (average 23,600).” Description: During the 2010 – 2011 flu season, a Mobile Health Unit (MHU), as part of a national demonstration project, provided an innovative example of delivering influenza vaccinations to college students. Mobile Flu-Shot Clinics of 3-hour durations were stationed in four different residence hall locations. Two B.S.N. students completed a supervised 60-hour community clinical internship on The Mobile Health Unit. In 12 hours, 431 students were vaccinated against influenza. Lessons Learned: Collaboration with the Department of Nursing, Student Health Services, and Student Affairs were important components of our success. The clinics were successfully conducted with minimal cost and minimal use of clinical staff from the university health service. Recommendation: According to the Department of Education there are more than 18 million college students in the United States. Could a mobile health unit be a critical link in delivering health care for our Nation's college students?

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Describe the utilization of a mobile health unit (MHU) to provide flu vaccinations for college students Identify key collaborative partners in planning mobile flu vaccination clinics Discuss the implications of mobile flu vaccinations for college students in the United States

Keywords: Nurses, College Students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Reginald Fennell, Ph.D., CHES, F-ACHA, Paramedic is a Professor of Health Promotion at Miami University and past President of the American College Health Association (ACHA). He is also one of the three Executive Editors of the Journal of American College Health (JACH), the only scholarly journal devoted entirely to the health of college students. Dr. Fennell received his degrees from North Carolina State University and The Ohio State University. He has authored more than 30 publications and given more than 150 presentations at professional conferences and symposiums.
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.

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