Background: Distribution of H1N1 vaccine throughout communities using an approach that successfully targets high risk individuals has proven to be a public health challenge. Understanding the distribution networks that currently exist and the networks that need to exist are essential elements in a plan that serves the public during emergencies and daily operations. The goal of this project was to utilize the primary care provider network willing to administer H1N1 vaccine in their office settings and determine their practices regarding H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccine administration.
Setting: Primary care providers in the Louisville
Population: Primary care providers include pediatricians and family medicine offices.
Project Description: Prior to vaccine availability, the
Results/Lessons Learned: Establishment of the primary care provider network for H1N1 vaccine administration has been a success but when surveying the providers, a variety of practices and influences have been identified among offices and staff concerning influenza vaccine (seasonal and H1N1). Areas where H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccine are not available from primary care provider offices have been identified for geospatial mapping as a visual demonstration with information grouped according to Metro Council districts. This information will be valuable in development of policy and interventions that address medical practice differences, health disparities and inequities in access to vaccines.