OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital is offering free flu and Tdap (whooping cough) shots to its established patients' parents and close family contacts.
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.
Few children's hospitals offer free vaccinations to their patients' family members
Providing free vaccine to pediatric patients' close contacts is a key infection control metric, according to U.S. News World Report's Best Children's Hospitals national survey. But Judith Guzman-Cottrill, M.D., an OHSU Doernbecher pediatric infectious disease specialist, recently conducted a national survey that revealed less than half the children's hospitals she polled vaccinated their patients' families free of charge.
OHSU Doernbecher now is in the midst of its second "Free Vaccine for Parents" campaign for its established patients and their families, funded by the OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation. This year, the campaign is being organized and executed by a group of OHSU Doernbecher pediatric residents who are working together with nurses, students, pharmacists and physicians to deliver even more vaccines to OHSU Doernbecher patients and their family members.
The workgroup hopes that this pioneering work may become the standard of care for children's hospital nationwide.
Flu Vaccine Dates and Hours
Free vaccinations will be offered to our established patient family members starting Tuesday October 1st, while supplies last.
Family members must be 18 years of age or older to qualify for free vaccine.
Dates: Oct. 1, 2013 - Feb. 27, 2014
Hours: 1-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday
Location: Doernbecher lobby
You do not need an appointment.