An audit of influenza vaccination rates

Byrnes, Patrick, Fulton, Barbara and Crawford, Margaret (2006) An audit of influenza vaccination rates. Australian Family Physician, 35 7: 551-552.


Author Byrnes, Patrick
Fulton, Barbara
Crawford, Margaret
Title An audit of influenza vaccination rates
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 35
Issue 7
Start page 551
End page 552
Total pages 2
Editor B. Vassiliadis
Place of publication South Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject 321206 Preventive Medicine
730203 Health related to ageing
Formatted abstract BACKGROUND
Influenza immunisation confers benefits for the elderly. We attempted to increase the uptake of influenza vaccination in those aged 65 years and over in one general practice in Queensland.

METHOD
We used four strategies: a computer search for the target population; telephone recruitment and booking by our receptionist; removal of cost by bulk billing; and using nurse led immunisation. We measured 2004 and 2005 influenza immunisation rates to determine a before and after difference, and sent a questionnaire to patients refusing vaccination.

RESULTS
We increased the influenza vaccination rate among 580 patients aged 65 years and over from 77% in 2004 to 83% in 2005 (national rate 79% in 2004). The refusal rate was 10%.

DISCUSSION

Influenza immunisation rates improved using a targeted approach. Nurse immunisers seemed to be efficient and offered a saving of doctors' time.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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