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Taiwan’s Annual Seasonal Influenza Mass Vaccination Program—Lessons for Pandemic Planning
Diane Meyer, MPH; Matthew P. Shearer, MPH; Yi-Chien Chih, MSc; Yu-Chen Hsu, MSc; Yung-Ching Lin, MD, MPH; and Jennifer B. Nuzzo, DrPH
In October 2017, the Outbreak Observatory team traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, in collaboration with the Taiwan CDC, to better understand Taiwan’s seasonal influenza mass vaccination program. This mass vaccination effort focuses on vulnerable populations—including young children, the elderly, and certain professions such as healthcare workers and poultry handlers—as well as those who can serve as sources of community transmission—including caretakers of young children and middle and high school students. Since 1998, Taiwan has grown this program to 6 million doses, which covers more than 25% of the entire country.
In collaboration with colleagues from Taiwan CDC, this article was published in a special issue of the American Journal of Public Health focusing on medical countermeasures in emergencies. This special issue was supported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.
Publication Date: September 7, 2018