During Spring 2009, preparedness staff at the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) received many questions about H1N1 from the public and media. Advances in knowledge about H1N1 and a deeper understanding of what people wanted to know about the virus contributed to NYSDOH's communication strategies for Fall 2009.
North Carolina's hospital-based Public Health Epidemiologist (PHE) Program significantly aided the state H1N1 response and is credited with improving public health infrastructure and shortening emergency response time.
Approximately 30 to 40% of North Carolina providers (private and public) use the North Carolina Immunization Registry to electronically report H1N1 vaccine doses administered. The immunization registry is a secure, web-based clinical tool that serves as the state's key method of collecting information about vaccinations. While the state did not require the use of the Registry for H1N1 doses administered, many providers still chose to enter into the system.
Tarrant County Public Health and the Southwest Center for Advanced Public Health Practice have developed a Web-based communications portal that attempts to strengthen the relationship between public health and area public schools, especially during an infectious disease outbreak.
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The City Health Information document was developed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a primer for primary care physicians. It provides information on several key issues: 1) Screening and isolation protocols for contagious diseases (including H5N1 influenza); 2) Detection and reporting of suspect H5N1 cases; 3) Infection control precautions; 4) Surge capacity planning; and 5) Contingency planning for employee health.
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