H1N1 Mass Vaccination Planning
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What is the H1N1 Mass Vaccination Campaign?
It is a mass vaccination campaign to protect the community against
the H1N1 aka "Swine Flu," particularly in the upcoming flu season.
It is a two stage program that will provide
influenza vaccination, on a voluntary basis, to
General H1N1 Swine Flu Q & A
General H1N1 Swine Flu Q & A - Spanish Version
Who will be doing this mass vaccination?
The Health Department is the lead for this emergency response,
working closely with Charlotte County Office of Emergency
We will meet the needs of our community with partner
and volunteer assistance. That’s you! People from the community can
help in this effort.
When is this supposed to happen?
Will this cost me anything? How much will I have to pay?
The estimated time table for the campaign to
begin is early October. However, planning activities are
The start date depends on availability of the
The entire campaign can last anywhere from 1.5 –
A first dose is provided followed by a second
dose not less than 28 days later
Unlike the seasonal flu vaccine, the vaccination for H1N1 is
free to community individuals as well as all medical providers.
How are you going to get this done?
Well, what exactly have you done so far?
- We will work with Emergency Management under the Incident
Command System (nationally recognized organization structure
utilized in cases of emergency response by all participating
- We will continue to work closely with partners in the
community (City and County government, Fire/EMS, School Board,
businesses, and etc.)
- We will have Point of Dispensing Teams that will deploy to
- Three Approaches:
o Drive Thru Clinics
o Walk-In Clinics
o Mobile Clinic Teams
In order to prepare and plan for this Mass Vaccination Campaign,
Charlotte CHD has:
Many of these planning and preparation activities are ongoing.
- Brought an additional planner on board
- Worked on crucial data collection
- Distributed a partner survey to call community partners and a
medical provider survey
o Compile, review, analyze and organize information for future
- Continue ongoing surveillance for spikes in illness
o Act as a Q&A resource for community and provider phone calls
- Distribute CDC updates to medical providers
- Engage in Operational & logistical planning
- Create a budget plan for the project to ensure the entire
community is cost effectively reached
- Work with the school board to implement Fit-testing program
for their nurses and engage in planning initiatives
What can I do to help?
- You can always volunteer to help in this effort. Please visit
our volunteer page to sign up for more information
- Help us with rumor control by visiting CharlotteCHD.com to get
the most current, up-to-date and correct information.
- Stay home when your sick
- Keeping washing your hands
- Cover up when you sneeze or cough
- Help spread the word by visiting our
H1N1 Resource page
When am I getting
H1N1 vaccine is available now in limited quantities for people in
target groups. Greater availability is expected in the coming weeks.
The Charlotte County Health Department is targeting priority the
groups recommended by the CDC to receive the H1N1 (Swine) Flu
vaccines first. These include in no specific order:
- Pregnant Women
- Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than
6 months of age
- Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
- All people from 6 months through 24 years of age
- Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions
associated with higher risk of medical complications from
The Charlotte County Health Department is working hard to ensure
the most vulnerable of our population have the opportunity to be
vaccinated. We are accomplishing this through partnering with our
local pediatricians, obstetricians, hospitals, fire and EMS, and
schools and daycares.
As more vaccines become available and our target populations are
vaccinated, the Charlotte County Health Department will begin
holding public drive-thru and walk-in clinics at strategic sites
throughout the county. Local media will be alerted of dates and
times as clinic schedules are established. Please check our website
often for updated information.