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Keywords

barriers, children, disparities, immunizations

 

Authors

  1. Niederhauser, Victoria DrPH, APRN, BC, PNP
  2. Walters, Michael MD, MPH
  3. Ganeko, Robyn MS, APRN, BC

Abstract

The aims of this project were to minimize organizational barriers and increase access to immunizations for children aged 6 months to 21 years in a multiethnic community health center in Honolulu. The intervention consisted of opening a "walk-in" shot clinic (WISC), run by a nurse practitioner, 2 evenings per week and Saturdays. Between January and July 2005, 351 clients accessed the clinic, with 774 immunizations administered. Clinic satisfaction measures were excellent. Up-to-date immunization status for all clients improved significantly. The WISC is an effective and customer-friendly way to improve childhood and adolescent immunization rates in a community health center setting.