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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Brandi Pravecek


Influenza is an illness that affects persons across the life span. Hundreds of thousands of people contract influenza each year in the United States, which can lead to hospitalization and even death. The influenza vaccine reduces transmission of the virus and prevents complications. In-school influenza vaccine clinics can increase rates of vaccination in school-aged children and as a result, help prevent infections in families Many barriers to influenza vaccination exist, including cost of vaccine administration, missed time at work or school to obtain the vaccine, and misperceptions about the vaccine and its effectiveness. In-school influenza vaccines were provided to school-aged children in a rural Midwest county for the 2019-2020 influenza season by a group of nurse volunteers working in conjunction with county emergency management volunteers. Once vaccines were administered, the perceptions regarding vaccination availability as well as vaccine effectiveness by consenting parents/guardians to school-aged children were compared to data from 2018-2019 using an online survey. Parents/guardians did not report a perceived increase in convenience to access of the vaccine despite an increased use of vaccine clinics over physician’s offices for receipt of vaccine as well as a modest increase in vaccines received. Plans for future vaccine clinics are underway.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Vaccination of children.
Influenza vaccines.
Influenza -- Prevention.
School children -- Health and hygiene.



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