These adults may otherwise have poor access to medical care . Another study illustrated that a cocooning initiative in a predominantly Hispanic, medically underserved, uninsured population at a Houston hospital successfully administered Tdap vaccinations to 75% of postpartum women . These studies also suggest that Labor and Delivery staff are essential in influencing close contacts of infants and promoting
Tdap vaccinations. If no on-site pharmacy existed for close contacts of neonates, numerous barriers to receiving the Tdap vaccine would exist, such as seeking vaccine at a later date at another location. The collaborative program between Walgreens and the Prentice Women’s Hospital provides immediate access to Tdap vaccinations for close contacts of neonates, who are in critical need http://www.selleckchem.com/products/gdc-0068.html of the immunization in order to protect their newborns from a deadly pertussis infection. A major limitation of this study is the assumption that all Tdap doses administered that were not coded as booster vaccinations were administered for cocooning. It is probable that some doses of Tdap were for tetanus prophylaxis administered INCB018424 research buy for wound care management. Because each delivering family has a different number of eligible close contacts, an exact vaccination rate in close contacts was not able to be calculated. The mean number of Tdap vaccinations administered per live births was calculated in order to
estimate the coverage level among close contacts, although this metric does not ascertain how many close contacts exist for each live birth. In addition, follow-up was not ascertained. Unless a family member received their vaccination at the Prentice Women’s Hospital pharmacy, we did not Bumetanide attribute a program effect to any subsequent Tdap vaccination they may have received. While the program was promoted throughout the hospital, we could not measure whether some staff promoted the program more effectively than others. Even though there was no formal intervention program for Tdap vaccination at the comparison pharmacies (four comparison hospital-campus and
44 community pharmacies), there may have been informal counseling of close contacts of neonates at these locations, thus influencing Tdap vaccination rates. Tdap vaccination rates increased among close contacts of neonates after implementation of the pilot program (educational collaboration of pharmacy and delivery unit), thus implementing the “cocoon strategy” as outlined by the Global Pertussis Initiative of 2001. Increasing uptake of Tdap vaccination may help minimize health complications in neonates and their close contacts, thus reducing direct and indirect costs caused by pertussis disease. Implementation of the program also provided an opportunity for community pharmacists to collaborate and establish rapport with health system employees and physicians.