H1N1 Vaccine Information

Notice to Providers

Date: August 14, 2009

From: Adi Pour, Ph.D, Health Director, Douglas County Health Department

Re: H1N1 Vaccine Information

In response to the H1N1 pandemic, the federal government is planning to provide H1N1 vaccine and
the necessary supplies (syringes, alcohol preps, and sharps containers) to administer the vaccine at
no cost to providers. It is estimated that vaccine will be available by mid October, with the possibility
of a limited supply available in late September.

Vaccine providers will be permitted to charge a vaccine administration fee; however, the conditions
of this federal program have not been finalized. No charge will be allowed for the vaccine since it is
being provided at no cost.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has identified the following target groups
for initial vaccination including:

  • Pregnant women
  • Household contacts and caregivers of children <6 months of age
  • Healthcare workers and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Personnel
  • Individuals 6 months through 24 years of age
  • Individuals 25‐64 years of age with underlying risks of having complications to influenza

Once demand for vaccine among the above prioritized groups has been met at the local level, providers will be able to begin vaccinating everyone 25 through 64 years of age. After demand among this younger age group has been met, vaccination can be offered to people 65 or older. Please refer to
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm for additional information about the ACIP recommendations.

As a health care provider, you have the opportunity to continue offering the best health care to your
patients by becoming a provider of the H1N1 vaccine. In order to administer H1N1 vaccine,
healthcare providers will need to register as an H1N1 vaccine provider and sign a CDC agreement
similar to the Vaccines for Children (VFC) agreement. The Douglas County Health Department will
inform health care providers about the registration process as soon as the details are available.

The Douglas County Health Department would like to thank you for your continued support in our
mission to promote and protect the public health of Douglas County. With your participation as an
H1N1 vaccine provider, you play an integral role in the health and safety of the citizens in Omaha
and Douglas County.