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CHAPTER 5: Reaching Adults Where They Work
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INTRODUCTION

Reaching adults where they work can help increase adult immunizations by reducing the inconveniences of visiting a provider office, thereby reducing barriers to vaccination. By providing employer-sponsored vaccination programs, employers seek to improve workers’ health and reduce sick days and absenteeism. For example, about 17 million workdays are lost to influenza-related illness in adults aged 18 to 64 years every year.1

Creating the opportunity for immunization services on-site can also reduce costs for workers such as time away from work, transportation to a clinic facility, and the need for child care.

Community-based interventions in combination with vaccinations are recommended activities by the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF).2 Additionally, employer-based vaccination clinics are recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase influenza vaccination rates.3

Immunization Programs can support workplace vaccination, including for health care workers, through initiatives that encourage employers to promote vaccination and offer on-site vaccine clinics.

   

    IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS  
    


ARIZONA: Worksite Flu Vaccination Pilot

The Arizona Immunization Program was approached by an outside group to assist with planning its new initiative to increase employee vaccination through education and on-site vaccine clinics during the 2013-2014 influenza season.

   
 
 

UTAH:  Long-term care facility outreach and education

The Utah Immunization Program (UIP) conducted targeted site visits to long-term care facilities to increase adult vaccine coverage rates and promote participation in the statewide immunization registry. 

   
 
  UTAH: Employer vaccination outreach and immunization policies

The Utah Immunization Program supported local health district (LHD) efforts to increase adult immunization activities through outreach to employers.
   


1 Campbell KP, Lanza A, Dixon R, Chattopadhyay S, Molinari N, Finch RA, editors. A Purchaser’s Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: Moving Science into Coverage. Washington, DC: National Business Group
on Health, 2006. Print.
2 “The Guide to Community Prevention Services.” The Guide to Community Preventative Services. The Community Preventive Services Task Force, 2014. Web.
3 “Make It Your Business to Fight the Flu: Promoting the Seasonal Flu Vaccine.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016. Web.

4 2015 AIM Annual Survey, 63 of 64 state/city/territorial Immunization Programs completed the survey that was administered online April - June 2015.

 
 
 

Chapter 5 Resources

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AIM Survey Data: Partnerships with Employers PDF (487.71 KB) Administration 11/4/2016
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