Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscript
Doctor of Nursing Practice
K. Sue Hoyt, PhD, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAEN, FAANP, FAAN
Herpes Zoster Vaccine to the Homebound Elderly: Prevention, Protection, and Access to Care
Purpose: To increase the administration rate of the Herpes Zoster (Hz) vaccine Zostavax by 10% for persons 65 years and older in a home-based primary care practice, utilizing Medicare part D.
Background: Persons in the United States (US) age 40 years and older show a 99% positive serology for Varicella, which causes Hz decades later. Zostavax has been shown to decease Hz by 51% and post-herpetic neuralgia by 67%.
Brief Description: The goal of Healthy People 2020 is to increase the vaccination rates of persons 65 years and older by 10%; the current rate is 15.8%. Eligible patients receiving home-based primary care will be identified and the Hz vaccine will be ordered through a delivering pharmacy. It will be stored in the freezer at the patient’s home until administered at the next visit.
Outcomes: An increase in administration of the Hz vaccine in the older adult population, providing protection against Hz outbreaks.
Implications: Outbreaks in the US for persons 50 years and older cost $5 billion in 2013. Vaccinations should reduce Hz outbreaks, and decrease associated complications. The Hz vaccine is delivered to the residence and covered under the Medicare part D program, saving up to $268 per person. The practice could be reimbursed up to $27.55 for the injection.
Digital USD Citation
Arts, Serena, "Herpes ZosterVaccine to the Homebound Elderly: Prevention, Protection, and Access to Care" (2019). Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscripts. 85.