Effective strategies for integrating immunization promotion into community programs.

Abstract

Most immunization coalitions have originated with health care providers, potentially excluding families without medical homes. This study focused on a community-based approach to providing timely vaccinations. A coalition of 23 organizations developed an immunization program in a low-income community in New York City. Nearly 1,000 community health workers incorporated immunization promotion into social service and educational programs. Outcomes were coverage rates for the 4:3:1:3:3 series at 19 to 35 months, which were compared with national data by ethnicity, as reported in the National Immunization Survey 2002-2006. Parents (n = 10,251) of children <5 years received immunization education and reminders. The 2003-2007 rates of 80% equaled or exceeded the national rates for 19- to 35-month-olds, and the 2007 rate of 96.8% far surpassed the national average. Coalitions can effectively integrate immunization promotion activities into community programs. Immunization rate improvements maintained for a 5-year period, suggesting this approach to be sustainable.

DOI: 10.1177/1524839909331544

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@article{Findley2009EffectiveSF, title={Effective strategies for integrating immunization promotion into community programs.}, author={Sally E. Findley and Martha I. Sanchez and Miriam Mejia and Richard Ferreira and Oscar Pe{\~n}a and Sergio Ivo Amaral Matos and Melissa S. Stockwell and Matilde Irigoyen}, journal={Health promotion practice}, year={2009}, volume={10 2 Suppl}, pages={128S-137S} }