OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is offering free flu shots to the parents and close family contacts of its established patients.
The “Free Vaccine for Parents Cocooning Project” is intended to protect OHSU Doernbecher’s youngest and most vulnerable patients. Babies younger than 6 months, for example, cannot receive the flu vaccine.The next best means of protection is to “cocoon” the infants, or insulate them from infection, by immunizing their family members.
Providing free vaccine to pediatric patients’ close contacts is a key infection prevention strategy, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, but Judith Guzman-Cottrill, D.O., pediatric medical director of OHSU Doernbecher’s Infection Prevention and Control program, conducted a national survey that revealed less than half the U.S. children’s hospitals she polled vaccinated their patients’ families free of charge.
OHSU Doernbecher’s “Free Vaccine for Parents” campaign for its established patients and their families is now in its third year. Funded by the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation, the campaign is organized and executed by a group of OHSU Doernbecher pediatric residents who work together with nurses, students, pharmacists and physicians to deliver as many vaccines as possible to our community.
The workgroup hopes that this pioneering work may become the standard of care for children’s hospital nationwide.
FREE FLU VACCINE CRITERIA
— Family members must be 18 or older to qualify for free vaccine.
— Family members will be screened for flu vaccine contraindications, a condition for which the flu vaccine may harmful to the patient, prior to vaccination.
FREE FLU VACCINE DATES AND HOURS
Free vaccinations will be offered to our established patient family members starting Monday, Nov. 3, while volunteers are available and supplies last. No appointment required.
Dates: Nov. 3, 2014, through Feb. 26, 2015 (while supplies last)
Hours: 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday (subject to volunteer availability).
Location: OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital first-floor lobby
For more information, view A GUIDE FOR PARENTS – SEASONAL FLU INFORMATION.