25374 School Located Vaccination - Where Do We Go From Here?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Columbia Hall
Nichole Bobo, RN, MSN , Nursing Education Director, National Assn. of School Nurses, National Association of School Nurses
Kathy Talkington, BA, MPA , Director of Immunization Policy, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Paul Etkind, BA, MPH, DrPH , Senior Analyst for Immunizations, National Association of County & City Health Officials
Abby Berns, BA , Program Associate for Immunization Programs, National Association of County & City Health Officials

Background:  NASN, NACCHO and ASTHO hosted a national meeting in November 2010 to explore the future of sustaining school located vaccination (SLV) efforts.  Representatives from government, industry, school nursing and education discussed strategies to address barriers around SLV.  The goal of the meeting was to identify both opportunities and obstacles to creating a sustainable school program. 

Setting:  SLV clinics make sense; 98% of school aged children spend their days in school. Historically SLV clinics have been shown to be an effective way to reach school-age children and their families.  During the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic, the SLV model was used effectively in a number of states. 

Population:  School aged children and their families, school nurses, local and state health departments, and local clinicians.

Project Description:  The idea for this meeting arose from the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic response and the 2008 ACIP recommendation for universal influenza vaccination for children. While sustainability of SLV has been explored and guidelines written, certain core issues remain:  funding, tracking, and the settings in which SLV makes sense.  Developing strategies to address all barriers is essential for future programming of SLV.

Results/Lessons Learned: 

  • Review existing SLV programs - how they work, obstacles that exist
  • Review SLV research that is currently underway and planned for on SLV – review results
  • Explore how current projects can be a tool for SLV (e.g., third party billing)
  • Link immunization information systems to the medical home
  • Demonstrate how SLV efforts are part of emergency preparedness
  • Highlight how SLVs can benefit health and education