Taxi Drivers: A Target Population for the Prevention of Transmissible Disease?

Heather M. Limper*, Jennifer L. Burns, Kenneth A. Alexander

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We set out to assess the feasibility and uptake of an on-site influenza vaccination campaign targeting taxi drivers in airport taxicab lots in Chicago, Illinois. Influenza vaccine was provided by the Chicago Department of Public Health as this event aligned with ongoing efforts to provide influenza vaccinations throughout the city. Clinicians and clinic support staff were volunteers recruited from the University of Chicago Medicine and incorporated nursing staff, physicians, physician residents, and administrative support. Together, this allowed for a cost-effective approach to provide free influenza vaccines to the primarily uninsured taxi driver population. During these events, 545 taxi drivers received influenza vaccine in 2012 while 354 drivers were immunized in 2013. Nearly all drivers reported uninsured or under-insured status. The ability to use volunteers and healthcare organization’s desires to meet the needs of the community, in collaboration with often under-staffed but highly dedicated local health departments have the potential to offer valuable public health services to underserved members of the community. Educational initiatives targeting vaccine hesitancy and misinformation may be necessary to improve immunization coverage among this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-210
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Community Health
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Immigrant populations
  • Immunization
  • Preventative health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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