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March 12th, 2014 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP March 12, 2014 @ 12:17 am

H1N1 Vaccine in NYC, 2009

Marcello RK, Papadouka V, Misener M, Wake E, Mandell R, Zucker JR. \

Distribution of pandemic influenza vaccine and reporting of doses administered, New York City, New York, USA.

Emerg Infect Dis [Internet]. 2014 Apr [date cited]. Web Site Icon

In 2009, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene delivered influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 (pH1N1) vaccine to health care providers, who were required to report all administered doses to the Citywide Immunization Registry. Using data from this registry and a provider survey, we estimated the number of all pH1N1 vaccine doses administered. Of 2.8 million doses distributed during October 1, 2009–March 4, 2010, a total of 988,298 doses were administered and reported; another 172,289 doses were administered but not reported, for a total of 1,160,587 doses administered during this period. Reported doses represented an estimated 80%–85% of actual doses administered. Reporting by a wide range of provider types was feasible during a pandemic. Pediatric-care providers had the highest reporting rate (93%). Other private-care providers who routinely did not report vaccinations indicated that they had few, if any, problems, thereby suggesting that mandatory reporting of all vaccines would be feasible.

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