ERIC Number: EJ697144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
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Responses of US College and University Student Health Services to the 2004 Influenza Vaccine Shortage
Alfred, Norma J.; Turner, James C.; David, Felicita; DeLozier, David M.; Strikas, Raymond A.
Journal of American College Health, v53 n6 p291 May 2005
The United States experienced a shortage of influenza vaccine for the 2004-2005 influenza season. The authors surveyed college health programs to determine whether they had targeted vaccine to priority groups and knew how to reallocate remaining vaccine. They used an electronic message to distribute a Web-based survey to the members of 3 college-affiliated organizations--the Association of American Colleges and Universities, American Association of Community Colleges, American College Health Association--and to subscribers of the Student Health Service Listserv. They received 434 completed surveys. Sixty percent (259) of the respondents stated they had received vaccine and planned to vaccinate their high-risk students, staff, and faculty members; 77% (198) planned to reallocate leftover vaccine. Given the potential for future disruptions of the influenza vaccine supply, the authors recommend that college health programs establish policies to identify members of their high-risk population and also consider providing the live attenuated influenza virus vaccine.Key Words: influenza vaccine, college student health services, university, vaccine shortage
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Health Programs, Health Services, Colleges, Faculty, Health Promotion
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Identifiers - Location: United States