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Mass Vaccination Clinics Versus Appointments

Mass Vaccination Clinics Versus Appointments

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by John Fontanesi, Ph.D., Linda Hill, M.D., M.P.H., Rick Olson, Ph.D., Nancy M. Bennett, M.D., M.P.H., David Kopald, B.S.
Influenza vaccine is a safe, effective, and cost-effective intervention that can prevent serious disease in adults. Opinions differ as to the most effective method for delivering the vaccine to the greatest number of high-risk adults. The objective of this article is to compare immunization delivery of influenza vaccine to high-risk adults during two types of clinic visits: routine scheduled appointments versus mass clinics. Data was collected at 15 ambulatory care settings on 599 patients 50 years and over from October 23, 2001, to January 31, 2002. Immunizations given at either routine scheduled visits or at mass influenza immunization clinics were compared for costs and resource requirements (productivity), and completeness of delivery of quality visit components (efficiency).