Increasing influenza vaccination in New York City taxi drivers: A community driven approach Journal Article


Authors: Gany, F.; Rau-Murthy, R.; Mujawar, I.; Taxi Network; Prasad, L.; Roberts, N.
Article Title: Increasing influenza vaccination in New York City taxi drivers: A community driven approach
Abstract: The Healthy People 2020 influenza immunization goal is 80% for non-institutionalized adults 18-64. However, vaccination rates remain stubbornly low. Culturally tailored approaches to communities with poor vaccine uptake are necessary. Taxi drivers are at risk for influenza and its complications, could serve as vectors for influenza infection, and could be an effective vaccination target to enhance herd immunity of the urban population. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study related to influenza vaccination among taxi drivers. The NYC Taxi Network surveyed a convenience sample of 53 taxi drivers to understand vaccination barriers. Only 17% had been vaccinated. Results informed a pilot tailored workplace intervention, which resulted in vaccinations for 44% of unvaccinated drivers. The study revealed that older drivers were more likely to be vaccinated than younger drivers, while the most common barrier to immunization was that drivers thought vaccination was 'not necessary'. © 2015.
Keywords: adult; major clinical study; united states; influenza vaccination; health insurance; community; influenza; infection risk; urban population; herd immunity; taxi driver; human; male; priority journal; article; driver; workplace intervention; vaccination barrier
Journal Title: Vaccine
Volume: 33
Issue: 22
ISSN: 0264-410X
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.  
Date Published: 2015-05-21
Start Page: 2521
End Page: 2523
Language: English
DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.03.027
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 25850021
PMCID: PMC5642960
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Notes: Export Date: 3 June 2015 -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Francesca Mara Gany
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  2. Lakshmi Eswari Prasad
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