This Outbreak Thursday reflects on our recently-published paper on an observation of hepatitis A outbreak response in the United States. Health departments faced multiple challenges in outbreak response, especially in efforts to acquire sufficient stock of vaccine, communicate with at-risk populations about the benefits of the vaccine, and conduct vaccination programs.
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This Outbreak Thursday will cover the events of a congressional briefing called “On the Frontlines: How the UN Responds to the Ebola Crisis” that occurred on October 1, 2019. The panel discussion included leaders and responders from the current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and outlined how United Nations (UN) agencies and the United States government are involved in response activities.
This week’s blog post reviews the severity of last year’s influenza season, the lack of seasonal flu vaccine uptake, and the potential role technologies could have in improving flu awareness and vaccination rates.
Unless the United States commits additional funding to support the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), the US CDC will be forced to eliminate public health preparedness and response support programs in nearly 40 countries. Not only do these cutbacks affect local outbreak prevention, detection, and response capabilities, they could also hamstring domestic outbreak readiness and response.