Pediatric Healthcare Response to Pandemic Influenza

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Pediatric Healthcare Response to Pandemic Influenza CDC Meeting Summary

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted the Pediatric Healthcare Response to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza Stakeholder Meeting in Atlanta, GA on September 9-10, 2009.

The meeting goal was to bring together subject matter experts to develop tools for use by the pediatric healthcare community in response to pandemic influenza activity during the 2009 influenza season. The concepts for these tools were identified through a series of discussions conducted with pediatric stakeholders prior to the meeting. Sixty five participants representing a wide variety of national associations, federal agencies, and private healthcare entities attended.

Meeting Objectives
  • Create operational plan templates for three sizes of medical offices that will be caring for pediatric patients during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and have no existing pandemic influenza plan.
  • Identify best practices for physicians administering Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccine to pediatric patients, including strategies for addressing medical surge.
  • Develop suggestions for integrating physicians and other healthcare providers into public health planning for community-based vaccine administration.
  • Describe the essential pediatric H1N1 influenza information needs for communications within the medical community and with the public, regardless of community size.
  • Identify public message topical areas on H1N1 influenza pediatric care targeted at reducing public actions that run counter to the overall medical response.
  • Identify roles and responsibilities for coordinating the dissemination of information on pediatric care during an H1N1 influenza outbreak.
  • Identify and prioritize hospital issues as they relate to care for pediatric patients during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.
  • Develop recommendations to address selected hospital issues regarding pediatric patient care during 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic scenarios.

Tools and Resources Developed
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