US school/academic institution disaster and pandemic preparedness and seasonal influenza vaccination among school nurses

Source: Terri Rebmann, Michael B. Elliott, Dave Reddick, Zachary D. Swick, American Journal of Infection Control, Volume 40, Issue 7, September 2012
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From the abstract:
Background: School pandemic preparedness is essential, but has not been evaluated.
Results: A total of 1,997 nurses from 26 states completed the survey. Almost three-quarters reported receiving the seasonal influenza vaccine during the 2010-11 season. Very few reported that their school/district had a mandatory influenza vaccination policy. Pandemic preparedness scores ranged from 0 to 10 points, with an average score of 4.3. Determinants of school pandemic preparedness were as follows: planning to be a point of dispensing during a future pandemic, having experienced multiple student or employee hospitalizations and/or deaths related to H1N1 during the pandemic, having a lead nurse complete the survey, and having the school nurse study participant be a member of the school disaster planning committee. Conclusions: US schools must continue to address gaps in pandemic planning.
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