New York, NY — Researchers went to community clinics throughout New York to engage families of 6-month through 8-year-old children who were getting their first influenza vaccination. They enrolled 660 families in a trial designed to find out what kind of reminders and support are most effective at bringing people back for their second dose.
The results published this year in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that health literacy content was the most effective driver of compliance.
All the families in the study received a written reminder to return for a second dose. One third also received an additional text message reminder with clinic hours. And, another third received education text message about why it’s important to receive the second influzena vaccination in a timely manner.
That last group had the best results: 72.7% of those who received the educational texts got their second dose by its due date. Researchers compared that to 66.7% of the families who received an extra text reminder and 57.1% of the families who only received a written reminder.