Background: In the most ambitious school immunization effort since the Salk Polio Vaccine trial of the 1950s, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) worked with public and private schools in
Setting: 90 public elementary, 24 middle, 21 high schools and 33 Catholic elementary and eight high schools in
Population: School-aged children and teaching staff.
Project Description: Working with school nurses, volunteers and personnel from a local healthcare system, LMPHW initiated on-site immunization activities against H1N1 influenza utilizing intranasal and injectable vaccine during a three-week process. School personnel worked to obtain and process parent consent forms and provide a safe venue for the vaccine events. LMPHW, along with nurses and support staff from Norton Healthcare, managed and provided immunization.
Results/Lessons Learned: More than 17,000 students and staff were immunized each week during the three-week process. Collaboration with the schools provided challenges in parent education regarding vaccines and the immunization process, and obtaining written consent. Utilization of school-based resources and community healthcare personnel were critical to the success of the campaign.