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... Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events hosted three regional workshops on the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccina 1 The workshop was organized by an independent planning committee whose role was limited to the identification of topics and speakers. This workshop summary was prepared by the rapporteurs as a factual summary of the presentations and discussions that took place at the workshops.
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... Background: Preparing for the Vaccination Campaign In April 2009, the first cases of a new strain of influenza A -- referred to as the 2009 H1N1 influenza -- were detected in California. Because of the potentially severe health consequences of a pandemic influenza, the detection of these cases set off a coordinated wave of activity across the public health system to minimize public health consequences.2 Each year in the United States, between 5 and 20 percent of the population is infected with the seasonal flu, and on average approximately 24,000 people die of flu-related causes (range 3,300 to 48,600)
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... Meanwhile, in parallel to the process of developing, licensing, and producing the vaccine, federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local public health officials worked to plan an ambitious vaccination program. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
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... Because of the scope and short time frame of the campaign, unprecedented efforts were made to strengthen existing vaccine distribution partnerships and to integrate new partners into the distribution and administration system, particularly for vaccination of pregnant women, other high-risk adults, and children. These partners included healthcare providers, health systems, pharmacies, community organizations, health insurers, and large companies with occupational health clinics, among others.
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... The workshops were designed to facilitate a series of conversations focused on the following objectives: • Examine innovative efforts used to distribute and administer vaccine and discuss how they may inform future efforts; • Examine how jurisdictions and providers interpreted and applied the CDC/ACIP recommendations for use of 2009 H1N1 vaccine; • Highlight successful approaches used by jurisdictions to develop and use innovative partnerships with traditional and non traditional partners, such as community groups and the private sector; and • Discuss strategies used to collect, monitor, evaluate, and use data during the 2009 H1N1 vaccination campaigns. For each area, participants discussed lessons learned and challenges that arose during the vaccination campaigns and identified strategies to
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... Any opinions, conclusions, or recommendations discussed in this workshop summary are solely those of the individual participants and should not be construed as reflecting consensus or endorsement by the workshop, the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events, or The National Academies.

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