H1N1 Vaccination Campaigns: Integrated Communication, Distribution, and Administration Strategies - A Workshop in Austin, TX
In the spring of 2010 the Preparedness Forum hosted a series of regional public workshops to examine the H1N1 vaccination campaigns. The workshops provided an opportunity for participants to discuss efforts to distribute and administer vaccine, communicate with the public and providers, and collect and use data. Participants also identified and discussed strategies to improve future emergency vaccination programs and other medical countermeasure dispensing campaigns. The workshops were held in:
• Raleigh, NC – April 15
• Austin, TX – April 27
• Seattle, WA – May 11
Federal, tribal, state, and local public health officials; national provider associations and healthcare providers, including pediatricians, family physicians, obstetrician/gynecologists, nurses, and EMS providers; healthcare administrators; community organizations; and the private sector, including pharmacies and health insurers.
Following the recent, and ongoing, H1N1 vaccination campaigns, the objectives of this workshop were to:
• 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 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 in order to enhance communication with the public and providers and effectively distribute and administer vaccine.
• Discuss strategies used to collect, monitor, evaluate, and use data during the H1N1 vaccination campaigns.
• Discuss lessons learned and challenges that arose during the vaccination campaigns, and identify strategies to address these challenges for future emergency vaccination programs and other medical countermeasure dispensing campaigns.