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New Report Finds H1N1 Hospitalization Rates Higher But Vaccination Rates Lower for Minorities
Date:11/10/2010

nformation;
  • Increased easy access to flu shots, even to people who are uninsured or do not receive regular medical care; and
  • Incentives for health care workers to be vaccinated. Last season, only 62 percent of health care workers were vaccinated against the seasonal flu and only 37 percent received an H1N1 flu shot by January 2010.

  • Recommendations for Preparing for a Possible Future Pandemic and Other Health Emergencies

    While the H1N1 pandemic was considered to be moderate, it had a serious impact on the country – infecting around 20 percent of Americans (approximately 60 million individuals) and resulting in approximately 274,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths. In addition, the H1N1 pandemic required a rapid and unprecedented large-scale nationwide public health response, including surveillance, laboratory testing, public and practitioner education, medical countermeasure management, and distribution and launch of a national vaccination campaign.

    The Fighting Flu Fatigue report examined a range of after-action assessments and found that the response to the H1N1 outbreak showed that investments made to support emergency health preparedness meant the country was much better prepared to respond to a pandemic than it would have been just a few years ago. However, the outbreak also revealed ongoing issues for public health preparedness – including some real-world lessons and long-standing infrastructure gaps.

    One key factor that hampered the H1N1 response was that, even in the middle of the outbreak, budget cuts resulted in the loss of more than 23,000 jobs in local health departments, mandatory furloughs, and shortened work weeks for 13,000 local health departments.

    The report also highlighted several lessons learned from the H1N1 outbreak, most notably that:

    • Emergency funds are essential – but not sufficient for backfil
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