Free vaccine programs to cocoon high-risk infants and children against influenza and pertussis

Department of Infection Prevention and Control, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR. Electronic address: .
American journal of infection control (Impact Factor: 2.21). 11/2012; 40(9):872-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2012.05.028
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An adult immunization strategy called "cocooning" is a relatively new concept, referring to immunizing close contacts of infants and high-risk children, thereby limiting pathogen exposure. This report explores the adoption of free vaccine programs in US children's hospitals and shares our own institutions' experiences in implementing free vaccine programs for close contacts of our patients. Copyright © 2012 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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