Public Health Practices

Pharmacy student administers flu shot

Nursing and pharmacy students are trained to provide immunizations to high-risk adults at free clinics

Oregon created training videos for nursing and pharmacy students providing flu vaccine at free clinics.

Adapting a common software tool during H1N1 helped streamline mass clinic operations, improve communication, and save money

Adapting Microsoft SharePoint allowed a Michigan county to set up two H1N1 vaccination clinics within 48 hours and vaccinate more than 24,000 people.

Mall Clinics Provide H1N1 Vaccine to a Diverse Population

Georgia's East Metro Health District (EMHD) – serving Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale Counties – developed creative strategies to address H1N1 vaccine shortages and better serve their community of approximately 1 million people.

Mobile clinics respond to the needs of people displaced by tornadoes

Oklahoma partnered with numerous agencies to provide medical care and other services after the 2010 tornadoes.

Yamhill County launched mass vaccination campaign for school-age children

An Oregon county used a hotline and multilingual materials to schedule school vaccination clinics during H1N1.

Evaluation of H1N1 Vaccination Clinics Highlights Leadership Role of School Nurses

As part of Maine's efforts to evaluate H1N1 response, the University of Southern Maine (USM) Muskie School of Public Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated to conduct a evaluation of school-based vaccination clinics in Maine. USM focused on qualitative evaluation. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), the state public health agency, chose school-based vaccination as its primary mode for distributing H1N1 vaccine.

Healthcare systems and public health collaborate on free vaccine clinics

Competing healthcare systems in South Dakota partnered to offer free H1N1 vaccine during 2009-2010.

Nursing students provide majority of vaccine given on campus

Pennsylvania State University nursing students acted as vaccinators during H1N1, allowing health services nurses to perform other roles.

Malcolm Gladwell theory employed in vaccine distribution

The University of Chicago used a popular theory to place H1N1 influenza vaccination sites in areas with high student traffic.

Mass clinic approach evolved to meet needs

Purdue University in Indiana created facility and floor plans for on-campus vaccination PODs during H1N1.

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Medical Reserve Corps assists with vaccination clinics

The University of Minnesota created a process for requesting and deploying Medical Reserve Corps members to staff mass vaccination clinics during H1N1.

Online Scheduling System for Vaccinations

After several walk-in clinics took place at the University of Minnesota, planners identified a need to regulate client flow and reduce wait times. Planners responded by quickly shifting to an online block scheduling system. The system allowed clients to register for a 15-minute block of time to receive a vaccination; within each time block, clients were vaccinated on a first-come, first-served basis. The system worked well.

Automated clinic registry simplifies vaccine clinics

During H1N1, The Ohio State University established a hotline to triage ill students and register them for clinic appointments.

Health sciences students administer vaccine on campus

University of Iowa nursing and pharmacy students helped staff mass vaccination clinics during H1N1.

Collaborative planning leads to successful vaccination clinic

The Greater Mankato Area Vaccination Planning Group helped run H1N1 vaccination clinics by ensuring safety measures, communicating extensive schedules, and making clinics convenient and child-friendly.

Public-private partnership increased H1N1 vaccinations

Staff at a health district hotline provided vaccine information to more than 2,000 people interested in attending mass vaccination clinics.

Vaccination strike team

A traveling nurse team offered H1N1 vaccination clinics in flexible locations and made vaccination convenient to many different groups of people.

Public health and faith-based organizations partner to offer food and vaccine to the homeless (SC, CA, FL)

Several counties partnered with faith-based organizations to offer H1N1 vaccine, food, and warm clothing to homeless people.

Zoo vaccination clinic targets daycare children

Planners in Norfolk, Virginia, developed a unique program to combine a free visit to the zoo with free H1N1 vaccination for children in child care programs.

Partnerships key to vaccination campaign success

Louisiana formed strike teams to vaccinate children and youth at school-based clinics during H1N1.

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