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September 2016: Pediatrics
Li Chen, Xiaozhen Du, Lin Zhang, Michelle Helena van Velthoven, Qiong Wu, Ruikan Yang, Ying Cao, Wei Wang, Lihui Xie, Xiuqin Rao, Yanfeng Zhang, Jeanne Catherine Koepsell
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of an EPI smartphone application (EPI app) on improving vaccination coverage in rural Sichuan Province, China. METHODS: This matched-pair cluster randomized controlled study included 32 village doctors, matched in 16 pairs, and took place from 2013 to 2015. Village doctors in the intervention group used the EPI app and reminder text messages while village doctors in the control group used their usual procedures and text messages...
2016: BMC Public Health
Tim Crocker-Buque, Michael Edelstein, Sandra Mounier-Jack
BACKGROUND: In high-income countries, substantial differences exist in vaccine uptake relating to socioeconomic status, gender, ethnic group, geographic location and religious belief. This paper updates a 2009 systematic review on effective interventions to decrease vaccine uptake inequalities in light of new technologies applied to vaccination and new vaccine programmes (eg, human papillomavirus in adolescents). METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, Embase, ASSIA, The Campbell Collaboration, CINAHL, The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Eppi Centre, Eric and PsychINFO for intervention, cohort or ecological studies conducted at primary/community care level in children and young people from birth to 19 years in OECD countries, with vaccine uptake or coverage as outcomes, published between 2008 and 2015...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Sarah L Bay, Daniel J Crawford
INTRODUCTION: Influenza presents additional burdens for children with chronic respiratory conditions. Influenza vaccinations may reduce complications, yet approximately half of children remain unprotected. Evidence supports integration of text and e-mail into multicomponent strategies to increase influenza vaccination rates among children with chronic respiratory conditions. METHODS: A single text and e-mail message was sent to those with enabled preferences in the patient portal...
July 27, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
Emil Rossing, Henrik Ravn, Celso Soares Pereira Batista, Amabelia Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have revealed a low measles vaccination (MV) rate in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau (West Africa) that has not increased in accordance with the increasing coverage of other vaccinations. Measles is the deadliest of all childhood rash/fever illnesses and spreads easily, implying that if the vaccination coverage is declining there is a significant risk of new measles outbreaks [27]. Meanwhile, mobile health (mHealth; the use of mobile phones for health interventions) has generated much enthusiasm, and shown potential in improving health service delivery in other contexts...
2016: JMIR Research Protocols
C L Scherr, B Augusto, K Ali, T L Malo, S T Vadaparampil
PURPOSE: We evaluated Florida-based physicians' awareness and use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) "You are the Key" campaign website, including messages to support physicians' human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine recommendations. METHODS: Using closed-ended and free-text survey items, physicians' (n=355) practices related to HPV vaccination recommendations for males and use of the CDC's materials were assessed. Descriptive statistics were calculated for closed-ended questions, and thematic analysis was conducted on free-text responses...
July 29, 2016: Vaccine
Melissa S Stockwell, Karen R Broder, Paige Lewis, Kathleen Jakob, Shahed Iqbal, Nadira Fernandez, Devindra Sharma, Angela Barrett, Philip LaRussa
OF KEY POINTS: The frequencies of fever in young children after live attenuated influenza versus inactivated influenza vaccine were low during the 2013-2014 influenza season and did not differ among vaccine types. Results from text message-only data were similar to those from all sources. BACKGROUND: Some studies have found a higher frequency of fever with trivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) than with inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV), but quadrivalent LAIV has not been assessed...
June 14, 2016: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Xiaoli Nan, Michelle Futerfas, Zexin Ma
In the context of public service advertisements promoting human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, the current research examines 1) the relative persuasiveness of narrative vs. non-narrative messages and 2) the influence of narrative perspective (first- vs. third-person) and modality (text-based vs. audio-based) on message effectiveness. Results of a controlled experiment (N = 121) suggested that both a non-narrative message and a first-person narrative message led to greater perceived risk of getting HPV than a third-person narrative message...
May 25, 2016: Health Communication
Dustin G Gibson, E Wangeci Kagucia, Benard Ochieng, Nisha Hariharan, David Obor, Lawrence H Moulton, Peter J Winch, Orin S Levine, Frank Odhiambo, Katherine L O'Brien, Daniel R Feikin
BACKGROUND: Text message (short message service, SMS) reminders and incentives are two demand-side interventions that have been shown to improve health care-seeking behaviors by targeting participant characteristics such as forgetfulness, lack of knowledge, and transport costs. Applying these interventions to routine pediatric immunizations may improve vaccination coverage and timeliness. OBJECTIVE: The Mobile Solutions for Immunization (M-SIMU) trial aims to determine if text message reminders, either with or without mobile phone-based incentives, sent to infant's parents can improve immunization coverage and timeliness of routine pediatric vaccines in rural western Kenya...
2016: JMIR Research Protocols
Annette K Regan, Lauren E Tracey, Christopher C Blyth, Peter C Richmond, Paul V Effler
BACKGROUND: Pertussis vaccination during pregnancy can prevent 91% of infant infections. In 2015, antenatal pertussis vaccination programs were introduced across Australia. METHODS: To monitor the safety of this program, pregnant women who received trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV) and/or diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine (dTpa) were surveyed by text message seven days post-vaccination about possible adverse events following immunization (AEFI). Univariate logistic regression models were used to calculate the odds of reporting an AEFI following dTpa compared to TIV...
April 29, 2016: Vaccine
Gretchen J Domek, Ingrid L Contreras-Roldan, Sean T O'Leary, Sheana Bull, Anna Furniss, Allison Kempe, Edwin J Asturias
BACKGROUND: Patient reminder systems are an evidence-based way to improve childhood vaccination rates but are difficult to implement in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Short Message Service (SMS) texts may offer a potential low-cost solution, especially in LMICs where mobile phones are becoming more ubiquitous. OBJECTIVE: To determine if an SMS-based vaccination reminder system aimed at improving completion of the infant primary immunization series is feasible and acceptable in Guatemala...
May 5, 2016: Vaccine
Abbey B Berenson, Mahbubur Rahman, Jacqueline M Hirth, Richard E Rupp, Kwabena O Sarpong
BACKGROUND: Effective interventions are needed to address the low rate of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in the United States, particularly among girls and women 16-26 years old. Counseling and offering the vaccine to postpartum patients could be an effective strategy to increase uptake among young women who did not complete the 3-dose series at an earlier age. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this evaluation was to assess the effectiveness of a multicomponent program designed for postpartum women that used patient navigators (PNs) and reminders for follow-up visits to improve uptake and completion of the HPV vaccine series...
September 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Adam Haji, S Lowther, Z Ngan'ga, Z Gura, C Tabu, H Sandhu, Wences Arvelo
BACKGROUND: Globally, vaccine preventable diseases are responsible for nearly 20% of deaths annually among children <5 years old. Worldwide, many children dropout from the vaccination program, are vaccinated late, or incompletely vaccinated. We evaluated the impact of text messaging and sticker reminders to reduce dropouts from the vaccination program. METHODS: The evaluation was conducted in three selected districts in Kenya: Machakos, Langata and Njoro. Three health facilities were selected in each district, and randomly allocated to send text messages or provide stickers reminding parents to bring their children for second and third dose of pentavalent vaccine, or to the control group (routine reminder) with next appointment date indicated on the well-child booklet...
2016: BMC Public Health
Alice R Richman, LaDonna Maddy, Essie Torres, Ellen J Goldberg
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate an intervention aimed at increasing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine completion of the 3-dose series and knowledge. PARTICIPANTS: Two hundred sixty-four male and female US college students 18-26 years old who were receiving HPV vaccine dose 1. METHODS: Students were randomly assigned to the intervention or control group. Intervention participants received the electronic intervention (text/e-mail appointment reminders and education messages) and controls received standard-of-care...
May 2016: Journal of American College Health: J of ACH
Hee Yun Lee, Joseph S Koopmeiners, Jennifer McHugh, Victoria H Raveis, Jasjit S Ahluwalia
OBJECTIVES: To test the feasibility and efficacy of a culturally-tailored mobile health intervention designed to increase knowledge about, intent to obtain, and receipt of the HPV vaccine. METHODS: A 7-day text message HPV intervention was developed using a quasi-experimental research design for 30 Korean-American women. RESULTS: Participants demonstrated significant increases in knowledge of HPV with an intent to get vaccinated within one year, and 30% of participants received the first dose of the HPV vaccine...
January 2016: American Journal of Health Behavior
Md Jasim Uddin, Md Shamsuzzaman, Lily Horng, Alain Labrique, Lavanya Vasudevan, Kelsey Zeller, Mridul Chowdhury, Charles P Larson, David Bishai, Nurul Alam
In Bangladesh, full vaccination rates among children living in rural hard-to-reach areas and urban streets are low. We conducted a quasi-experimental pre-post study of a 12-month mobile phone intervention to improve vaccination among 0-11 months old children in rural hard-to-reach and urban street dweller areas. Software named "mTika" was employed within the existing public health system to electronically register each child's birth and remind mothers about upcoming vaccination dates with text messages. Android smart phones with mTika were provided to all health assistants/vaccinators and supervisors in intervention areas, while mothers used plain cell phones already owned by themselves or their families...
January 4, 2016: Vaccine
Donna M MacDougall, Scott A Halperin
OBJECTIVES: An increasing number of vaccines are recommended or are being developed for use during pregnancy to protect women, fetuses, and/or newborns. For vaccines that are already recommended, vaccine uptake is variable and well below desired target. We reviewed the literature related to factors that affect a healthcare provider's recommendation and a woman's willingness to be vaccinated during pregnancy. DESIGN: A scoping review of published literature from 2005 to 2015 was undertaken and all relevant articles were abstracted, summarized, and organized thematically...
April 2, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Sean T O'Leary, Michelle Lee, Steven Lockhart, Sheri Eisert, Anna Furniss, Juliana Barnard, Doron Shmueli, Shannon Stokley, L Miriam Dickinson, Allison Kempe
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and cost of bidirectional short messaging service in increasing rates of vaccination and well child care (WCC) among adolescents. METHODS: We included all adolescents needing a recommended adolescent vaccine (n = 4587) whose parents had a cell-phone number in 5 private and 2 safety-net pediatric practices. Adolescents were randomized to intervention (n = 2228) or control (n = 2359). Parents in the intervention group received up to 3 personalized short messaging services with response options 1 (clinic will call to schedule), 2 (parent will call clinic), or STOP (no further short messaging service)...
November 2015: Pediatrics
Annika M Hofstetter, Nathalie DuRivage, Celibell Y Vargas, Stewin Camargo, David K Vawdrey, Allison Fisher, Melissa S Stockwell
OBJECTIVE: Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination is important for preventing disease outbreaks, yet pockets of under-vaccination persist. Text message reminders have been employed successfully for other pediatric vaccines, but studies examining their use for MMR vaccination are limited. This study assessed the impact of text message reminders on timely MMR vaccination. STUDY DESIGN: Parents (n=2054) of 9.5-10.5-month-old children from four urban academically-affiliated pediatric clinics were randomized to scheduling plus appointment text message reminders, appointment text message reminder-only, or usual care...
October 26, 2015: Vaccine
Cynthia M Rand, Aaron Blumkin, Phyllis Vincelli, Viki Katsetos, Peter G Szilagyi
PURPOSE: Because adolescents make few health care visits, we assessed the views of parents of adolescents on various means to communicate with their adolescents' physicians about vaccine reminders and appointments, medication refills and test results-including phone, mail, e-mail, text messages, and personal health records (PHRs). METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional survey of 400 parents of adolescents presenting to four pediatric offices (two urban, two suburban) in Rochester, NY in 2011 before vaccine reminders occurring in these practices...
September 2015: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
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