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Mass Influenza Vaccination Campaigns

The CDC has developed an easy-to-use information sheet to assist health professionals in the set up of a mass vaccination program. The handout provides a quick framework for getting a successful program up and running and for keep patients happy.

General Strategies

  • Develop liaisons with community groups representing the elderly and those with chronic diseases (e.g., offer incentives for groups to attend clinics, ask for volunteers to help promote and run clinics).  

  • Share information about vaccine availability with other clinics/facilities providing flu vaccine in your community.  Inform clients about other locations where vaccine is available.

  • Schedule and publicize special “senior clinics” when only elderly, or other high-risk,   patients will be accepted.

  •  Schedule flu vaccine delivery during daytime hours, when younger, healthy clients are less likely to be available.

  • Workplace sites can offer vaccination to elderly and chronically ill employees and relatives of persons in the workplace.

  •  Promote the campaign by publishing “public service” announcements in local media stressing a commitment to first serve the high-risk population, and asking healthy people to  cooperate by waiting for availability of vaccine.  Include up-to-date information about expected availability of more vaccine and flu activity (or lack of) in the community.

At the Vaccination Location . . . 

  • Establish criteria for identifying high-risk individuals, and those living with them, and ensure that they receive top priority.

  • Establish “express lanes” for elderly and high-risk patients to reduce the amount of time they have to stand in line to get the vaccine.

  • Post notices (or personnel) in the store asking healthy people to defer their flu shots for [a month] so high-risk people can be protected with available vaccine.  It is important to give people the opportunity to defer before they have started to wait in line.

  • Offer incentives for non-high-risk patients who accept a “rain check” to return at a later date for their shots.

  • Keep customers informed.  Post notices informing clients of hours of flu vaccine clinics, of the need to vaccinate high-risk patients first, and assuring them (if appropriate) when additional shipments of vaccine are expected.  Post information about other locations where vaccine is available

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