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"This is potentially the largest mass-vaccination program in human history,"
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by Local Nurse, Canyon Creek,
on Aug 23, 2009
Swine Flu Campaign Waits on Vaccine
Only Third of Supply Is Expected for First Round of Vast Effort
By Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Government health officials are mobilizing to launch a massive swine flu vaccination campaign this fall that is unprecedented in its scope -- and in the potential for complications.
The campaign aims to vaccinate at least half the country's population within months. Although more people have been inoculated against diseases such as smallpox and polio over a period of years, the United States has never tried to immunize so many so quickly.
But even as scientists rush to test the vaccine to ensure it is safe and effective, the campaign is lagging. Officials say only about a third as much vaccine as they had been expecting by mid-October is likely to arrive by then, when a new wave of infections could be peaking.
Among the unknowns: how many shots people will need, what the correct dosage should be, and how to avoid confusing the public with an overlapping effort to combat the regular seasonal flu.
To prepare, more than 2,800 local health departments have begun recruiting pediatricians, obstetricians, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and even dentists, along with a small army of volunteers from churches and other groups. They are devising strategies to reach children, teenagers, pregnant women and young and middle-aged adults in inner cities, suburban enclaves and the countryside.
"This is potentially the largest mass-vaccination program in human history," said Howard Markel, a professor of medical history at the University of Michigan who is advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as it spearheads the effort.
PLEASE read the entire article and research this mass vaccination campaign.
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Posted by Local Nurse
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Aug 23, 2009 at 11:30 pm
I am NOT joking around about this. This is a serious concern.
"MainStreetDiva is a member (registered user) of Pleasanton Weekly
Is there any other newspaper or reputable news organization reporting on this? I don't have a lot of respect for the Washington Post, and I would put more trust in this information if it was consistently being reported by several different news sources."
PLEASE see below my comment to Cholo..
Cholo, although I thought of this "marc's" posts, I am absolutely NOT mark and I have an ethical duty to be honest.
Here is the most reliable resource:
Take NOTE, that is PANDEMIC FLU . ORG (Government) site!!!!!
Yes, there are plenty of other sources:
1. Draft Guidance on Allocating and Targeting Pandemic Influenza Vaccine
Draft Guidance on Allocating and Targeting Pandemic Influenza Vaccine.
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Posted by Daniel
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2009 at 12:15 am
What the heck is this all about? Mandatory vaccinations world wide?
I saw this while reading from the governmet site you linked. Reminds me of Jonestown and the cool aid. I am NOT falling for this!
Table 3. Proposed sub-prioritization of vaccination among Tier 1 target groups for situations where vaccine supply is most limited.
Front-line inpatient and hospital-based health care workers (persons essential for maintaining function in emergency departments, intensive care units, and other front-line medical and nursing staff)
Critical role in providing care for the sickest persons; highest risk of exposure and occupational infection
Deployed and mission-critical personnel
Essential role in national and homeland security; high risk due to living conditions and possibly geographic location
Front-line Emergency Medical Service personnel (those providing patient assessment, triage, and transport).
Provide critical medical care including procedures such as intubation that increase risk of aerosol exposure and occupational infection
Front-line outpatient health care providers (physicians, nurses, respiratory therapy; includes public health personnel who provide outpatient care for underserved groups)
Effective outpatient care is critical to decrease the burden on hospitals; high risk of exposure and occupational infection
Front-line fire and law enforcement personnel
Essential to public order and safety; less substantial and more predictable risk of exposure.
Pregnant women and infants 6-11 months old
High-risk documented in prior pandemics and annually; reflects public values to protect children; vaccination of a pregnant woman also will protect the infant; infants 6-11 months old are at high-risk and antiviral drugs are not FDA-approved for children <1 year old
Others in Tier 1 (includes Tier 1 health care workers not vaccinated previously in hospitals, outpatient settings, home health, long-term care facilities, and public health; emergency service providers; manufacturers of pandemic vaccine, antiviral drugs, and other key pandemic response materials; and children 12-35 months old)
Includes persons in critical settings who have less exposure and toddlers who are less at risk of severe disease or death than younger infants and who are able to receive antiviral treatment based on FDA approval of antiviral drugs
*Because infants would be expected to receive one-half a regular vaccine dose, the number of adult vaccine dose-equivalents for this group would be about 4,125,000
**Toddlers 12 35 months old may receive a lower vaccine dose; thus, the number of adult vaccine dose-equivalents for this group would be less.
Vaccination Tier 2 through 5 by Pandemic Severity
In contrast with Tier 1, target groups included in Tiers 2 through 5 will be different depending on pandemic severity (see Table 2). When vaccination has been completed for all five tiers, at any pandemic severity, everyone in the United States will have had the chance to be vaccinated.
Guidance for severe pandemics (PSI 4 or 5)
Tier 2 targets groups in the Homeland and National Security category that are critical to maintaining our country's safety. Critical community support service personnel are prioritized because they are needed to assist in a community pandemic response and support the elderly, persons living alone, and families complying with voluntary quarantine when a family member is ill (recommended as part of the community mitigation strategy). Critical infrastructures targeted in Tier 2 are those that provide "just in time services" (i.e., products like electricity and natural gas that cannot be stored), are relied on by all other infrastructures for their essential operations, and contribute to public health and safety. The highest risk children those who have underlying medical conditions that increase their risk of complications or death from influenza infections also are included in this tier.
Tier 3 includes the remainder of target groups that protect homeland and national security, provide health care, and maintain critical infrastructures. Critical Infrastructure sectors targeted in Tier 3 are those that provide essential products and services where there generally is greater "redundancy" in infrastructure (e.g., there are many bakeries, dairies, gas stations) or personnel (e.g., there are many truck drivers); or where burden is likely to decrease in a pandemic (e.g., less demand for mass transit, postal, and shipping). Many businesses in these sectors can take other measures to protect employees, such as using alternate work schedules, teleworking, and reducing in-person meetings and other contacts in the workplace. In the general population, children without high-risk medical conditions are targeted in this tier.
Tiers 4 and 5 are focused on groups in the general population that have not yet been vaccinated. Whereas persons aged 19 to 64 years who have underlying medical conditions and elderly persons 65 years old or older are targeted in Tier 4, in situations of limited vaccine supply, the 19 to 64 year old group should be targeted first. The rationale for targeting younger persons is that the effectiveness of seasonal and candidate pandemic influenza vaccines is less among elderly persons because of age-related decreases in immune function. Thus, when vaccine supply is limited, targeting high-risk adults before the elderly makes best use of the supply that is available. Other strategies, including hygiene and public health measures to reduce the risk of infection, and treatment with antiviral medications are effective options to protect the elderly. Healthy adults would be targeted in Tier 5.