Factors conditioning effectiveness of a reminder/recall system to improve influenza vaccination in asthmatic children

Susanna Esposito, Claudio Pelucchi, Francesca Tel, Gabriella Chiarelli, Caterina Sabatini, Margherita Semino, Gian Luigi Marseglia, Domenico De Mattia, Nicola Principi

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Abstract

In order to verify whether a telephone recall system directly managed by pediatricians who usually follow up children for their asthma is more effective than an anonymous recall system, we randomly assigned 285 asthmatic children (177 males; mean age 10.3 ± 3.4 years) to one of three groups: those whose mothers were to be called by a pediatrician not previously involved in caring for their asthmatic children and who received the vaccine in our immunisation clinic (group 1); those whose mothers were to be called by a pediatrician from our asthma clinic and who received the vaccine in the immunisation clinic (group 2); and those whose mothers were to be called by a pediatrician from our asthma clinic and who received the vaccine in the same clinic (group 3). Our findings highlight that the use of a reminder/recall system increases vaccination rates in asthmatic children, and show that the best results are obtained when the mothers are contacted and the vaccine administered by the pediatricians who usually follow up the child for asthma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-635
Number of pages3
JournalVaccine
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 29 2009

Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Influenza
  • Influenza vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • veterinary(all)
  • Molecular Medicine

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