A Wisconsin pediatric emergency department (ED) implemented a screening protocol that significantly increased flu vaccination rates in a traditionally undervaccinated population, a researcher reported.
Compared with the 2018-2019 flu season, the proportion of children vaccinated increased from 9% to 20% in the 2019-2020 season after Children’s Wisconsin implemented an electronic health record (EHR) infrastructure that allowed nurses to screen, counsel, and refer all children presenting to the ED for flu shots at discharge, reported Shannon Baumer-Mouradian, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
Of children vaccinated, about 75% had Medicaid, and half were racial and ethnic minority patients, who have been reported to have lower vaccination rates, Baumer-Mouradian said at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) virtual meeting.
“Many of our children are uninsured or underinsured, and they do use the [ED] as their medical home,” Baumer-Mouradian told MedPage Today. “The ED breaks down barriers families have,