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Local Health Department 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccination ClinicsCDC Staffing Model Comparison and Other Best Practices

Porter, Dayna MPA; Hall, Mark MD, MPH; Hartl, Brian MPH; Raevsky, Cathy; Peacock, Roberta BSN, RN; Kraker, David REHS, RS; Walls, Sandra MSN, RN; Brink, Gail CPA

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: November/December 2011 - Volume 17 - Issue 6 - p 530–533
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e31822146eb
Commentary

Mass vaccination clinic staffing models, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Large-Scale Vaccination Clinic Output and Staff Estimates: An Example,1 provide guidance on appropriate roles and number of staff for successful mass vaccination clinics within local and state health departments. The Kent County Health Department used this model as a starting point for mass vaccination clinics in response to 2009 H1N1 influenza. In addition to discussion of successful modification of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention model1 to maximize local health department mass vaccination clinic efficiency, additional best practices including use of the Incident Command System and a reservation system are provided. Use of the provided modified staffing model and additional best practices will increase the success of health department mass vaccination clinics, and should be considered not only for future public health emergencies, but also for seasonal influenza vaccination campaigns.

This study describes a model Kent County Health Department used as a starting point for mass vaccination clinics in response to 2009 H1N1 influenza.

Kent County Health Department, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Correspondence: Dayna Porter, MPA, Kent County Health Department, 700 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (Dayna.Porter@kentcountymi.gov).

Funding for the activities described in this report were received through the Michigan Department of Community Health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Emergency Response grant, Funding Opportunity Numbers CDC-RFA-TP09-902-2009-H1N1, CDC-RFA-TP09-90201-H1N109, and CDC-RFA-TP09-90202-H1N109.

Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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