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Arnav Kapur, Joseph Mwase​
Malawi: Redcross in partnership with Katikati using 2-way SMS communication to address rumours, gather insight and support communities
Praba Moonsamy
The VM1000 control unit supports: 1. A maximum of 4 wired & 4 wireless probes, or 8 probes in total 2. Power status monitoring 3. Room Temperature & Humidity Monitoring 4. Door Monitoring...
World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF
WHO Vaccine Management Handbook: How to monitor temperatures in the vaccine supply chain. WHO IVB 15.04
Matthew S.McGlone et al.
Vaccination reminders must both inform and persuade, and text messages designed for this purpose must do so in 160 characters or less. We tested a strategy for improving the impact of HPV vaccination...
Gibson DG et al.
BACKGROUND: As mobile phone access continues to expand globally, opportunities exist to leverage these technologies to support demand for immunisation services and improve vaccine coverage. We aimed...
Kim SS, Patel M, Hinman A
Introduction: Reaching the children that are chronically missed by routine immunization services has been a key pillar of success in achieving progress toward polio eradication. The rapid...
Rafael Obregon, Sabeeha Quereshi, Ketan Chitnis, Naqibullah Safi, Ade Pouye, Savita Naqvi, Kshiitij Joshi, Erma Manoncourt, Catherine Richey, Rania El Asawi, Amaya M Gillespie
Following the World Health Organization (WHO) declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in July 2014, UNICEF was asked to co-lead,...
Paul V. Effler, Alan Leeb, Stephanie A. Williams, Darren W. Westphal
INTRODUCTION On-going post-licensure surveillance of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) is critical to detecting and responding to potentially serious adverse events in a timely manner....
Amabelia Rodrigues, Celso Soares Pereira Batista, Henrik Ravn, Emil Rossing
BACKGROUND Recent studies have revealed a low measles vaccination (MV) rate in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau (West Africa) that has not increased in accordance with the increasing coverage of other...
Bay, Sarah L., Crawford, Daniel J.
Introduction Influenza presents additional burdens for children with chronic respiratory conditions. Influenza vaccinations may reduce complications, yet approximately half of children remain...
Sean T. O\'Leary, Michelle Lee, Steven Lockhart, Sheri Eisert, Anna Furniss, Juliana Barnard, Doron Shmueli, Shannon Stokley, L. Miriam Dickinson, Allison Kempe
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and cost of bidirectional short messaging service in increasing rates of vaccination and well child care (WCC) among adolescents. METHODS: We included all...
David H. Oh, Alya Dabbagh, James L. Goodson, Peter M. Strebel, Sanjita Thapa, Jagat Narain Giri, Sagar Ratna Shakya, Sudhir Khanal
In 2012, the Global Vaccine Action Plan* established a goal to achieve measles and rubella elimination in five of the six World Health Organization (WHO) regions (194 countries) by 2020 (1). Measles...
Minal K. Patel, Viengnakhone Vongxay, Vansy Vilayvone, Siddhartha Sankar Datta, Kathleen Wannemuehler, Phanmanisone Philakong, Edna Moturi, Anonh Xeuatvongsa
BACKGROUND Hepatitis B vaccine birth dose (HepB-BD) was introduced in Lao People\'s Democratic Republic to prevent perinatal hepatitis B virus transmission in 2008; high coverage is challenging since...
Garcia-Dia, Mary, Joy Fitzpatrick, Joyce J, Madigan, Elizabeth A, Peabody, John W
A comparative descriptive study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of text messages with pictures compared with plain text messages or verbal reminders in improving measles, mumps, and...
Phyllis Vincelli, Peter G Szilagyi, Nicolas P N Goldstein, Cynthia M Rand, Aaron Blumkin
PURPOSE To assess the effect of phone or text message reminders to parents of adolescents on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series completion in Rochester, NY. METHODS We performed parallel...
Paul V Effler, Gregory Leeb, Candice Leeb, Alan Leeb, Ian J Peters, Annette K Regan
To assess the performance of SmartVax, a prototypic active monitoring system for adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) using short message service (SMS) text messages and clinical data...
Sophie Githinji et al.
Health facility stock-outs of life saving malaria medicines are common across Africa. Innovative ways of addressing this problem are urgently required. We evaluated whether SMS based reporting of...
Cutrona, Sarah L, Sreedhara, Meera, Goff, Sarah L, Fisher, Lloyd D, Preusse, Peggy, Jackson, Madeline, Sundaresan, Devi, Garber, Lawrence D, Mazor, Kathleen M
BACKGROUND: Clinical decision support (CDS), including computerized reminders for providers and patients, can improve health outcomes. CDS promoting influenza vaccination, delivered directly to...
Edwin J Asturias, Allison Kempe, Anna Furniss, Sheana Bull, Sean T O'Leary, Ingrid L Contreras-Roldan, Gretchen J Domek
BACKGROUND: Patient reminder systems are an evidence-based way to improve childhood vaccination rates but are difficult to implement in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Short Message Service...
Ellen J Goldberg, Essie Torres, LaDonna Maddy, Alice R Richman
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate an intervention aimed at increasing HPV vaccine completion of the 3-dose series and knowledge. PARTICIPANTS: 264 male and female U.S. college students 18-26 years old who...
Wences Arvelo, H. Sandhu, C. Tabu, Z. Gura, Z. Ngan’ga, S. Lowther, Adam Haji
BACKGROUND: Globally, vaccine preventable diseases are responsible for nearly 20 % of deaths annually among children <5 years old. Worldwide, many children dropout from the vaccination program, are...
Herrett, Emily, Williamson, Elizabeth, van Staa, Tjeerd, Ranopa, Michael, Free, Caroline, Chadborn, Tim, Goldacre, Ben, Smeeth, Liam
OBJECTIVES: (1) To develop methods for conducting cluster randomised trials of text messaging interventions utilising routine electronic health records at low cost; (2) to assess the effectiveness of...
Nurul Alam, David Bishai, Charles P Larson, Mridul Chowdhury, Kelsey Zeller, Lavanya Vasudevan, Alain Labrique, Lily Horng, Md Shamsuzzaman, Md Jasim Uddin
In Bangladesh, full vaccination rates among children living in rural hard-to-reach areas and urban streets are low. We conducted a quasi-experimental pre-post study of a 12-month mobile phone...
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Pan-American Health Organization\'s Immunization Newsletter, March edition. Includes three articles on the use of Information and Communication Technologies for health promotion and immunization...
Vickie Knight, Ruthy McIver, Rebecca J Guy, Handan C Wand, Anna M McNulty, Amalie Dyda
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of text message reminders (short messaging service (SMS)) on hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination completion among high risk sexual health center...
The impact of a Computerized Immunization Register (CIR) on Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) with sending SMS to parents before immunization sessions has never been studied in sub-Saharan...
P.V. Effler, P.C. Richmond, D.B. Mak, L. Tracey, C.C. Blyth, A.K. Regan
OBJECTIVES: In 2013, the Follow-up and Active Surveillance of Trivalent Influenza Vaccine in Mums (FASTMum) program began using short message service (SMS) to collect adverse event information in...
Viki Katsetos, Phyllis Vincelli, Peter G. Szilagyi, Cynthia M. Rand, Aaron Blumkin
PURPOSE: Because adolescents make few health care visits, we assessed the views of parents of adolescents on various means to communicate with their adolescents\' physicians about vaccine reminders...
Najla A. Lakkis, Dina M. Mahmassani, Ghassan N. Hamadeh, Alexandra S. Ghadieh
BACKGROUND: Invasive pneumococcal disease is one of the most important vaccine-preventable diseases threatening the adult community due to missed opportunities for vaccination. This study compares...
Hofstetter, Annika M DuRivage, Nathalie Vargas, Celibell Y Camargo, Stewin Vawdrey, David K Fisher, Allison Stockwell, Melissa S
OBJECTIVE: Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination is important for preventing disease outbreaks, yet pockets of under-vaccination persist. Text message reminders have been employed successfully for...
O\'Leary, Sean T Lee, Michelle Lockhart, Steven Eisert, Sheri Furniss, Anna Barnard, Juliana Shmueli, Doron Stokley, Shannon Dickinson, L Miriam Kempe
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness and cost of bidirectional short messaging service in increasing rates of vaccination and well child care (WCC) among adolescents. METHODS: We included all...
Regan- Annette K, Blyth- Christopher C, Mak- Donna B, Richmond- Peter C & Effler- Paul V
BACKGROUND: Trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV) has been recommended for pregnant women in Australia for more than a decade and funded since 2009- yet vaccination coverage remains low. Misperceptions...
Sapna Shah-Haque, Beryl Yaghmai, Katherine S Williams, Amy Chesser, Traci Hart, Carolyn R Ahlers-Schmidt, Robert R Wittler
This study engaged parents to develop concise- informative- and comprehensible text messages for an immunization reminder system using Human Factors techniques. Fifty parents completed a structured...
Leeb- Alan, Regan- Annette K, Peters- Ian J, Leeb- Candice, Leeb- Gregory & Effler- Paul V
OBJECTIVE: To assess the performance of SmartVax- a prototypic active monitoring system for adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) using short message service (SMS) text messages and clinical...
Poorman- Elisabeth, Gazmararian- Julie, Parker- Ruth M, Yang- Baiyu & Elon- Lisa
Text messaging is an increasingly popular communication tool in health interventions- but has been little studied in maternal and infant health. This literature review evaluates studies of text...
Baron- Sophie, Goutard- Flavie, Nguon- Kunthy & Tarantola- Arnaud
BACKGROUND: There is no functional pharmacovigilance system in Cambodia to our knowledge. Mobile phone-based tools- such as short message service (SMS) text messages- are increasingly used for...
Stockwell- M S
Background: Traditional immunization reminder-recall mechanisms have had limited effectiveness in adolescents and among economically disadvantaged populations. Text message reminder-recalls are a...
Stockwell- Melissa S, Kharbanda- Elyse Olshen, Martinez- Raquel Andres, Lara- Marcos, Vawdrey- David, Natarajan- Karthik & Rickert- Vaughn I
OBJECTIVES: We conducted 2 studies to determine the impact of text message immunization reminder-recalls in an urban- low-income population. METHODS: In 1 study- text message immunization reminders...
Herrett- Emily, van Staa- Tjeerd, Free- Caroline & Smeeth- Liam
INTRODUCTION: The UK government recommends that at least 75% of people aged under 64 with certain conditions receive an annual influenza vaccination. Primary care practices often fall short of this...
Centers for Desease Control & Prevention
Text4baby is a free cell phone text messaging service for pregnant women and new moms. Text messages are sent three times a week with information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy...
Parker- Ruth M, Dmitrieva- Elena, Frolov- Sergei & Gazmararian- Julie A
Text4baby uses new technology to deliver health messages and engage pregnant women and new mothers in healthy behaviors. The authors describe the need for carefully conducted early adopter...
Gazmararian- Julie A, Elon- Lisa, Yang- Baiyu, Graham- Megan & Parker- Ruth
Text4baby was launched in 2010 to promote healthy pregnancies and babies by the use of text messaging. The primary objective of this study was to assess factors related to the enrollment process and...
Whittaker- Robyn, Matoff-Stepp- Sabrina, Meehan- Judy, Kendrick- Juliette, Jordan- Elizabeth, Stange- Paul, Cash- Amanda, Meyer- Paul, Baitty- Julie, Johnson- Pamela, Ratzan- Scott & Rhee- Kyu
Text4baby is the first free national health text messaging service in the United States that aims to provide timely information to pregnant women and new mothers to help them improve their health and...
Kharbanda- Elyse Olshen, Stockwell- Melissa S, Fox- Harrison W & Rickert- Vaughn I
We conducted focus groups and individual interviews in a diverse population of parents to qualitatively explore preferences and readiness for text message immunization reminders. We used content...
Stockwell- Melissa S, Hofstetter- Annika M, DuRivage- Nathalie, Barrett- Angela, Fernandez- Nadira, Vargas- Celibell Y & Camargo- Stewin
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether provision of vaccine-health-literacy-promoting information in text message vaccine reminders improves receipt and timeliness of the second dose of influenza vaccine...
Melissa S. Stockwell, Marcos Lara, Elyse Olshen Kharbanda, Harrison W. Fox, Raquel Andres, Vaughn I. Rickert
OBJECTIVE: To implement and evaluate text message reminders for the second (HPV2) and third (HPV3) vaccine doses. DESIGN: Site-based intervention. SETTING: Nine pediatric sites (5 academic and 4...
Tuan Nguyen, Angelia Paschal, Traci Hart, Amy Chesser, Carolyn R. Ahlers-Schmidt, Robert R. Wittler
This article briefly describes a study where the feasibility of implementing text message reminders to parents was examined. Some socioeconomic factors that contribute to parents wanting to receive...
Gazmararian- Julie A, Yang- Baiyu, Elon- Lisa, Graham- Megan & Parker- Ruth
Adequate health literacy is vital for understanding and using health information. The authors assessed the health literacy of pregnant women and mothers of children under the age of 1 year and their...
Wakholi- Peter
This presentation describes the use of mobile data collection tools for the purposes of surveillance work in South Sudan. The process of detecting acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases- using text...
Patel- Ashlesha, Stern- Lisa, Unger- Zoe, Debevec- Elie, Roston- Alicia, Hanover- Rita & Morfesis- Johanna
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether automated reminders increase on-time completion of the three-dose human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series. METHODS: Ten reproductive health centers enrolled 365...
Stowers- Chanelle, Healey- Loretta & O'Connor- Catherine C
A trial of using Short Message Service (SMS) broadcasting at a metropolitan sexual health clinic in 2013 to promote the awareness and uptake of influenza vaccinations in HIV-positive patients...
World Health Organization (WHO)
Vaccine-preventable deaths account for an estimated 17% of the 8.8 million deaths worldwide each year in children under five years of age (1). In Pakistan, despite major efforts to improve...
Katherine S Williams, Jordan Jones, Amy Chesser, Carolyn R Ahlers-Schmidt, Traci Hart, Robert R Wittler
INTRODUCTION: Immunization schedules are complicated and difficult for parents to remember. Parents are willing to receive text message reminders. However- it is unknown whether physicians are...
Evans- William Douglas, Wallace- Jasmine L & Snider- Jeremy
BACKGROUND: Mobile phone technologies for health promotion and disease prevention have evolved rapidly- but few studies have tested the efficacy of mobile health in full-fledged programs. Text4baby...
Beryl Yaghmai, Katherine S Williams, Traci A Hart, Angelia M Paschal, Amy K Chesser, Carolyn R Ahlers-Schmidt, Sapna Shah-Haque
BACKGROUND: Adherence to childhood immunization schedules is a function of various factors. Given the increased use of technology as a strategy to increase immunization coverage- it is important to...
Hofstetter- Annika M, Vargas- Celibell Y, Kennedy- Allison, Kitayama- Ken & Stockwell- Melissa S
OBJECTIVE: To assess parental- provider- and medical staff opinions about text message reminder/recall for early childhood vaccination. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted between January...
Cates- Joan R, Ortiz- Rebecca R, North- Steve, Martin- Amanda, Smith- Richalle & Coyne-Beasley- Tamera
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is routinely recommended for U.S. adolescents ages 11 to 12 years- yet vaccine coverage remains low. Text message HPV immunization reminders to parents have...
Peter E Nielsen, Ronald Poropatich, Lorien C Abroms, W Douglas Evans, Jasmine L Wallace
Mobile phones have been shown effective in several public health domains. However- there are few evaluations of the effectiveness of mobile health in health promotion. Also- although many studies...
Charles S Wiysonge, Tshepiso Ramafuthole, Robyn Kalan, Fatima Ebrahim, Kurt Allie , Mark Emmanuel Engel
INTRODUCTION: Low vaccine coverage is a major public health concern- the consequences of which contribute to around 1.5 million child deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases. Thus- innovative...
Frank Dong, Tracie Collins, Deborah Parra-Medina, Paula Cupertino, Nicole Rogers, Elizabeth Ablah, Carolyn R Ahlers-Schmidt
OBJECTIVE: Identify perceptions regarding benefits of and barriers to receiving text messages for immunization reminders and preferred content for such text messages. DESIGN: Structured interviews....
Management- Supply Chain & Settings- Low-resource
This report by VillageReach and Dimagi provide technical guidance on technology design- program design- training- support- and scale-up of ICT projects for supply chain management in resource-poor...
Chandir- Subash, et al.
This document describes an incentivized vaccination pilot in Pakistan where parents receive may win grocery shopping credit through lottery if they vaccinate their children. It also employs the use...
Poorman- Elisabeth, Gazmararian- Julie, Elon- Lisa & Parker- Ruth
BACKGROUND: Text4baby provides educational text messages to pregnant and postpartum women and targets underserved women. The primary purpose of this study is to examine the health behaviors and cell...
Stockwell- Melissa S, Westhoff- Carolyn, Kharbanda- Elyse Olshen, Vargas- Celibell Y, Camargo- Stewin, Vawdrey- David K & Casta {n}o- Paula M
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the impact of influenza vaccine text message reminders in a low-income obstetric population. METHODS: We conducted a randomized controlled trial that enrolled 1187 obstetric...
Lorien Abroms, Elizabeth Murray, Peter Nielsen, Daniel Szekely, Jasmine Wallace Bihm, W Douglas Evans, Jeremy Snider
BACKGROUND: The use of mobile phone technologies for health promotion and disease prevention has advanced rapidly in recent years. Text4baby is a theory-based mobile health (mHealth) program in which...
Matheson- Elaine C, Derouin- Anne, Gagliano- Martha, Thompson- Julie A & Blood-Siegfried- Jane
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most frequently diagnosed sexually transmitted infection in the United States. It is associated with the development of cervical- anal-genital- and oral-pharyngeal...
Hofstetter- Annika M, Vargas- Celibell Y, Camargo- Stewin, Holleran- Stephen, Vawdrey- David K, Kharbanda- Elyse Olshen & Stockwell- Melissa S
BACKGROUND: Influenza vaccination coverage is low- especially among low-income populations. Most doses are generally administered early in the influenza season- yet sustained vaccination efforts are...
Kharbanda- Elyse Olshen
Pregnant women and children are at increased risk of severe influenza infections. Despite existing recommendations- uptake of influenza vaccine in these vulnerable groups remains low. Text message...
the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This article outlines official recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) to...
Tuan Nguyen, Angelia Paschal, Amy Chesser, Traci Hart, Carolyn R. Ahlers-Schmidt, Robert R. Wittler
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this project was to gather preliminary data on preferred content for text reminders sent to low-income parents. METHODS: A brief- IRB-approved survey was administered to 200...
Heather Williver-Farr, Michelle L. Rogers, Kathleen H. Turner, Prudence W. Dalrymple, Mary K. Green, Lisl Zach
L. Stern, A. Patel, J. Morfesis, G. Todd, M. Davis, E. Debevec, A. Roston
Objectives: To report on type of communication method selected by 19-26 year old women who have enrolled in a larger study evaluating the effect of patient reminders on HPV vaccination completion....
Richun Li, Xiaomin Wei, Yongcai Ji, Feng Tan, Shua J. Chai, Melinda Frost
BACKGROUND: Although patients worldwide increasingly are using mobile phone text messaging (SMS) for clinical care- quality data are sparse on the community-level effectiveness of SMS to prevent and...
David K. Vawdrey, Celibell Y. Vargas, Raquel Andres Martinez, Elyse Olshen Kharbanda, Melissa S. Stockwell, Stewin Camargo
CONTEXT: Influenza infection results in substantial costs- morbidity- and mortality. Vaccination against influenza is particularly important in children and adolescents who are a significant source...
Mufuta Tshimanga, Gibson Mandozana, Tawanda Marufu, Notion Gombe, Daniel Chirundu, Donewell Bangure, Lucia Takundwa
BACKGROUND: Globally- non-attendance for immunization appointments remains a challenge to healthcare providers. A review of the 2011 immunization coverage for Kadoma City- Zimbabwe was 74% for Oral...
Nicholas T. Iannarino, Seth M. Noar, Katharine J. Head, Nancy Grant Harrington
This meta-analysis investigated the efficacy of text messaging-based health promotion interventions. Nineteen randomized controlled trials conducted in 13 countries met inclusion criteria and were...
Christoph Tchangou, Georges Nguefack-Tsague, Beat Stoll, Jerome Ateudjieu, Blaise Genton
BACKGROUND: To ensure vaccines safety- given the weaknesses of the national pharmacovigilance system in Cameroon- there is a need to identify effective interventions that can contribute to improving...
SA Ali, S Khoja, Abdul M. Kazi, AK Zaidi, A Murtaza
Problem Polio remains endemic in many areas of Pakistan, including large urban centres such as Karachi. Approach During each of seven supplementary immunization activities against polio in Karachi,...