Sunday, October 25, 2009

Distrbution of the H1N1 Vaccine in Kansas

Our doctor friend sent me this breakdown that is very interesting.

The Federal Government oversees vaccine development testing for safety and efficacy, manufacturing of the vaccine and approves the licensure of the vaccine.

Vaccine is manufactured by five companies.

The CDC (Center of Disease Control) determines the vaccine quantity for Kansas based on population-based allocations.

The following are the processes that will be repeated every week:

A. Each week, the KDHE, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, allocates Kansas' share of the vaccine among each of the state's counties. County allocations are based on 2008's census data for 0-24-year-olds. Once the vaccine demand has been satisfied for the five priority groups, allocations will be calculated on the total poulation.

B. Vaccine is distributed to local health depatments or their designees by McKesson, the health care service company contracted by the U.S. Government to deliver H1N1 vaccine as well as the quantites.

C. Each county makes decisions on vaccine allocations within their jurisdiction.

D. The allocations are based on the 2008's census data of the county's 0-24-year-olds populaion to meet the largest priority population group's needs. Once the vaccine demand of that population group has been met, four of the five priority group allocations will be calculated on the total population.

E. Priority groups which are determined nationally by the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practies are

* Pregnant women

* Household contacts and caregivers of infants younger than 6 months of age.

* All children and young adults between the ages of 0 and 24-years-of age.

* Healthcare and Emergency health care services (EMS) personnel.

* People aged 25 through 64-years-of age with certain high rise medical conditions.


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