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How Public Health Centers in Suffolk County, NY Strove to Leave No Vaccine Behind. Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco, MS, CPNP Brian L. Harper, MD, MPH Suffolk County Department of Health Services. Background. Supply issues have affected influenza immunization delivery

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How Public Health Centers in Suffolk County, NY Strove to Leave No Vaccine Behind

Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco, MS, CPNP

Brian L. Harper, MD, MPH

Suffolk County Department of Health Services


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Background Leave No Vaccine Behind

  • Supply issues have affected influenza immunization delivery

  • Providers vaccinated from September through November

  • Many high-risk individuals were vaccinated

  • Many went without vaccination

    • Vaccine unavailable


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Background Leave No Vaccine Behind

  • Influenza season generally runs from September to June in northern hemisphere

  • Peak season for influenza illness is generally February

    • Many variations

    • December in one year

    • Second peak may appear in May


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Background Leave No Vaccine Behind

  • Focus had been on immunization during early fall

    • Late arriving vaccine went unused

  • SCDHS developed and implemented a plan to utilize as much vaccine as possible

    • Vaccinate until vaccine runs out

    • Vaccinate until vaccine expires in June


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Background Leave No Vaccine Behind

  • SCDHS uses standing orders

  • Nurses take proactive role

  • Nurses must “buy in” for immunization program to be successful

  • Every patients was potential recipient of influenza vaccine


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Objectives Leave No Vaccine Behind

  • Identify strategies to encourage health care providers to provide influenza immunizations during entire immunization season

  • Identify methods to fully utilize influenza vaccine regardless of vaccine delivery time


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Methods Leave No Vaccine Behind

  • Data collected to determine number of doses of vaccine utilized on monthly basis

  • Measure against total number of doses secured for division of Patient Care Services in SCDHS



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Distribution of Influenza Vaccine Leave No Vaccine Behind


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Results Leave No Vaccine Behind

  • Influenza immunizations are provided beyond usual fall immunization season

  • Improved utilization of vaccine

  • Less waste of vaccine


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Conclusions Leave No Vaccine Behind

  • Providing influenza vaccine well after the usually accepted immunization period results in less wasted vaccine and more individuals immunized

  • Full utilization of doses encourages increased vaccine production in succeeding years

  • Longer vaccination period promotes concept of year round program

    • Potential preparation in event of pandemic influenza