Baseline Knowledge about Vaccines and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Among Older Adults: Preliminary Analysis of the Vaccine Education through Pharmacists and Senior Centers (VEPSC) Study


INTRODUCTION Three major vaccine-preventable illnesses, pneumococcal disease, influenza and herpes zoster (shingles), account for an estimated economic burden of $26.1 billion in the USA. Zoster and pneumonia vaccination rates among eligible older adults remain suboptimal, especially in minority populations, with 59% of African Americans (AA) remaining unvaccinated compared to 46% of Caucasians. Improved knowledge about vaccine-preventable diseases and vaccination may be a key component in improving vaccination rates in this population. Vaccine Education through Pharmacists and Senior Centers (VEPSC) is a community-based vaccine education program delivered by either pharmacists (PHARM) or peer educators (PEER) and aims to improve knowledge and beliefs about vaccination, with a focus on zoster, pneumonia, and influenza. OBJECTIVE The objective of this analysis was to present baseline demographics and knowledge findings.

Poster presentation at the 23rd Annual International Meeting of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.