Wednesday, May 12, 2004 - 2:45 PM

Screening for High Risk Status...Who received a flu shot in December?

Kristin L Kazem, Inova HealthSource, Inova Health System, 2832 Juniper Street, Suite 201, Fairfax, VA, USA

Inova HealthSource has held flu clinics for the past ten years. This year we had to prioritize at the end of the season who could receive an influenza vaccination from us due to the overwhelming interest in flu.

To maximize the amount of flu vaccine that was available and make sure those individuals at highest risk were immunized before the healthy population.

Two clinics were scheduled for high risk adults in mid-December. Clients were asked to fill out a screening form when they checked in as to what high risk health category they fell under. These were determined by following the CDC guidelines.
If a person did not fall into a high risk category we asked them to contact us after the last clinic to set up an appointment for a flu shot.

At the two clinics we gave 381 flu shots in a four hour period. Even though each person was screened not everyone filled out their screening form. 324 people responded in written form. 97 were over age 65, 32 had diabetes, 40 had asthma, 95 were pregnant in the 2nd or 3rd trimester, 19 had heart disease, 12 had cancer and 33 checked under 65 with other chronic illness.

Many individuals who are considered high risk waited until late into the flu season to receive their flu shot. This tool provided an efficient way to screen for high risk status and allowed us to defer those individuals who did not fall into the guidelines to a later date.

To provide a tool to help screen for high risk individuals for influenza vaccination.