Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates Among Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Inpatients

Ashley Duvall


Pediatr Nurs. 2019;45(3):142-154+ (box o. 

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Implementation of a well-designed influenza vaccine screening tool combined with an automated trigger to communicate with the provider increases the likelihood that the patient will receive the influenza vaccine. Although the vaccination rate was increased substantially, SUS scores indicate there are opportunities to streamline the process. Implications for healthcare providers should focus on utilization of the EMR to improve the influenza vaccine screening and administration process for pediatric inpatients. The EMR ensures sustainability of the influenza vaccine screening process during the annual flu season. However, annual education is necessary to ensure interprofessional team involvement. The success of this unit-based influenza vaccine QI project may be used as a model across the organization, and can support transparency and adaptability of the practice change among other healthcare professionals.