Fighting Flu for Pediatric Cancer Patients

Flu seasons vary in severity depending on the virus, but it remains an even greater health risk to children with cancer. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cancer patients have an annual flu shot; however, less than 60 percent are vaccinated.

That’s why L. Charles Bailey, MD, PhD, and his colleagues implemented a quality improvement initiative including health informatics via daily lists of outpatients due for immunization, which was generated from electronic medical records and sent automatically to triage staff and nurses. The results? Increase of flu vaccinations across all cancer types.

Why Informatics? To keep children on track to recovery by protecting them from compromising illnesses.