Dates of Program: August 2004 through November 2010
Field of Work: Increasing access to flu shots and other preventive services
Problem Synopsis: Every year, approximately 36,000 influenza-associated deaths occur in the United States and approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized. The likelihood of receiving the recommended flu vaccine varies greatly depending on an individual's ethnicity, race, education, and whether he/she has a regular source of health care.
Synopsis of the Work: In 2004, RWJF launched Vote and Vaccinate: A Community-Based Strategy to Promote Adult Immunization (known as Vote & Vax), which sets up influenza vaccination clinics at or near polling places, with a pilot test on Election Day. The program continued as a larger demonstration during the 2006 midterm election. A concerted expansion of the program took place during the presidential election two years later and the program continued through the 2010 midterm election.