An Employee Influenza Immunization Initiative in a Large University Managed Care Setting
OBJECTIVE: To implement an employee influenza-immunization initiative, assess employee population characteristics, and estimate the cost savings to the university and its managed health care system.
DESIGN: An interdisciplinary team of health care providers vaccinated employees at mobile sites. A survey was distributed to assess population factors and flu-vaccine status of employees. A literature-based economic analysis was conducted to estimate savings.
SETTING: Large university campus with a major medical center.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Total number of employees vaccinated compared to prior years, employee population characteristics, and estimated cost savings (direct and indirect costs).
RESULTS: The immunization effort reached 5,730 employees on the main campus, an increase of more than 2,000 employees from the previous year. Of employees completing an on-site survey, nearly 30% were first-time influenza vaccine recipients and 85.5% were enrolled in one of the university health plans. The direct cost for the initiative was approximately $25,000 while the estimated cost savings approached $400,000.
CONCLUSION: The focused influenza immunization initiative increased numbers of employees vaccinated on campus. Survey results provided a description of the employees vaccinated. The employer-driven program was predicted to provide cost savings.