Vaccine Shortage : Influenza Vaccine

922 WordsMar 4, 20154 Pages
Influenza Vaccine Shortage The influenza virus continues to burden communities across the nation and vaccination has been established as an invaluable prevention measure in efforts to control the infectious disease. The efficacy of the influenza vaccine is reliant on accessible vaccines which provide protection against relevant seasonal viral strains and an adequate supply to meet population needs. There has been occasions which resulted in vaccine shortages and led to inadequate supplies to meet the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended vaccination administration guidelines. The CDC recommends that all individuals aged six months old and greater, unless contraindicated, should be vaccinated annual with the seasonal influenza vaccine (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d.). The national target for influenza vaccination annually are 70% and 90% for all age groups and health care professionals, respectively, according to the Healthy People 2020 objectives (Healthy People 2020, n.d.). Public health agencies play an imperative role in the response mobilization and preparedness activities related to vaccine shortage in efforts to mitigate the associated risks. The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive review of public health chain of command in response to influenza vaccine shortage, the implications on medical care, and potential effects of disclosure to the public. Chain of Command and Method of Public Health Response There are
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