Missouri School Located Influenza Vaccination

Stakeholder Meeting Summary - November 19, 2010

At the conclusion of the 2010 Missouri Immunization Conference, participants gathered to discuss methods to create sustainable school located vaccination opportunities.  More than 50 individuals participated, including state and local health department staff, school officials, pharmaceutical representatives and immunization advocates.

The meeting was opened by the chairman of the Missouri Advisory Committee on Childhood Immunizations, Robert Steele, M.D. of St. John’s Children’s Hospital in Springfield.

Value of School-Based Clinics

Robert Belshe, M.D. of the St. Louis University Center for Vaccine Development highlighted the science of influenza and the value of school-based vaccination clinics.


Best Practices

Jean Grabeel, BSN, M.Ed., Springfield Public Schools


Charlotte Sims-Higgins, VFC Coordinator, Mo. Bureau of Immunizations


Questions, Answers and Comments

Q.        How was the Springfield Public Schools influenza program funded? 
A.        The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Q.        How were notes from concerned obstetricians handled?
A.        Employees were allowed to take a sick or personal day if they were concerned about exposure. Greene County Health Dept communicated with community physicians including obstetricians regarding vaccine safety.

Q.        Why was school vaccination more common and different in the 1970s?
A.        American culture was different i.e., the diseases were more feared and legal concerns were not what they are today.

There are 522 public school districts in Missouri with a total of 1214 school districts when private schools are included.

There are many different ways for vaccinating to occur:

There is a need to educate teachers and answer their questions about vaccines and vaccination efforts.

Is there a way to survey how the vaccination efforts were handled throughout the state in different programs?

School-Based Vaccination Campaign Ideas and Barriers

The group broke into three workgroups.  Dr. Steele asked them to describe the characteristics of an ideal school located influenza vaccination program.

Group 1


Group 2


Group 3


Solutions to Barriers

Group 1


Group 2


Group 3

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