142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Perceived Barriers to Recommended Immunizations in North Central Florida

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cindy Prins, PhD, MPH, CIC, CPH , Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health and Health Professions & College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Taj Azarian, MPH , Epidemiology Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
One goal of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ 2010 National Vaccine Plan is to “Support communications to enhance informed vaccine decision-making”. This goal is supported by the objective to “Increase awareness of vaccines, vaccine-preventable diseases, and the benefits/risks of immunization among the public, providers, and other stakeholders”. In order to develop educational materials that would help support this objective in North Central Florida, a survey was developed to assess the vaccination status of community members, to seek information about their knowledge and attitudes about being vaccinated, and to determine which barriers might need to be overcome for community members to get appropriately immunized with the Human Papillomavirus, Zoster, Td/Tdap, and pneumococcal pneumonia vaccines. This survey was administered by Community Health Workers through a local organization called HealthStreet, which is affiliated with the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Florida. HealthStreet links underserved members of the community to medical and social services with the objective of reducing disparities in research and in healthcare. The 621 surveys completed in the spring of 2013 represent community members who are diverse in age and in racial and ethnic backgrounds. Responses were analyzed overall as well as for groups who fall within the immunization recommendations for each vaccine type. A common theme among responses across each of these vaccine types is the perception that the immunization is not needed because the respondent is currently in good health. Survey responses were used to develop educational materials to be distributed in the community.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control

Learning Objectives:
Describe barriers to recommended immunizations in North Central Florida Identify opportunities to increase knowledge about recommended immunizations in the community

Keyword(s): Immunizations, Community-Based Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the Principle Investigator on the grant that supported this research and I carried out the majority of the research myself. I have a background molecular virology and in infection control and I am interested in identifying barriers to immunization.
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.