Online Program

Vote & vax and community pharmacies: Promoting election day flu clinics

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Leonard Fensterheim, MPH, Clinical Outcomes & Analytics, Walgreen Co., Deerfield, IL
Douglas Shenson, MD MPH, Vote & Vax / Yale School of Public Health, Newton, MA
Michael Taitel, PhD, Health Analytics, Research & Reporting, Walgreen Co., Deerfield, IL
Adam Cannon, MPH, Clinical Outcomes & Analytics, Walgreen Co., Deerfield, IL
Jason Rubin, RPh, Pharmacy Services: Retail Clinical Services, Walgreen Co., Deerfield, IL
Background: In the November 2012 presidential election, approximately 130 million Americans voted. Among those were thousands at risk for influenza, particularly elderly citizens who comprise a large percentage of voter turnout. Vote & Vax is a national project committed to protecting Americans from influenza. For the November 2012 election, a national retail pharmacy chain partnered with Vote & Vax to administer influenza vaccinations in polling places. Objective: To evaluate the impact of the Vote & Vax program on the rate of influenza vaccinations in pharmacy patients. Methods: Walgreens, in partnership with Vote & Vax, administered influenza vaccinations at 287 locations during the November 2012 election. Vaccine volume for Vote & Vax clinic sites were examined on the November 6, 2012 Election Day, compared to non-Vote & Vax locations. For those locations, vaccination rates were calculated as the number of patients receiving an influenza vaccine per 1,000 pharmacy patients filling a prescription at Walgreens. Z-tests were used to compare the percent difference. Results: The rate of influenza vaccination on Election Day was 32.7% higher in Vote & Vax locations (47.3 per 1,000 pharmacy patients) compared to 35.6 in non-Vote & Vax pharmacies (p<0.001). Patients receiving influenza vaccinations were 60.2% female and mean age was 55.8 years. Conclusion: Expanding access and convenience to immunization services in polling places can increase the rate of influenza vaccination among pharmacy patients, especially among older voters. The program demonstrates how community pharmacies can collaborate with state and local health departments to serve as health care providers.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate how community pharmacies can collaborate with a community-based partner to improve public health. Assess the impact of the Vote & Vax program on the rate of influenza vaccinations in pharmacy patients.

Keyword(s): Immunizations, Community-Based Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Leonard E. Fensterheim is Manager, Clinical Outcomes & Analytics for Walgreens. His primary focus is on creating value statements for Walgreens immunization, and pharmacist-led drug and disease management intervention programs. His work has led to numerous publications presentations and awards. Leonard attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Sociology. He has a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Columbia University in New York.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Walgreen Co. Clinical Outcomes & Analytics Employment (includes retainer) and Stock Ownership

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.