Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing (ND)

First Advisor

Dr. Teresa Hamill


Children younger than five are more likely to develop severe medical complications from the influenza virus. As of June 4th, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 199 pediatric flu-related deaths for the 2019-2020 influenza season; seventy-eight percent of these deaths occurred in children who had not received a flu vaccination. The CDC annually recommends influenza (Flu) vaccination for all children ages 6 months through 18 years. Any child 6 months to 8 years old who had not received a previous dose of the flu vaccine or whose influenza vaccination history is unknown was recommended to receive a total of two doses of the vaccine four weeks apart. A quality improvement project was performed at three primary care clinics in Northeast Mississippi to improve flu vaccination rates among children 6 months to 18 years old.