Challenges and opportunities in the Israeli 2009 pandemic influenza vaccination program Academic Article uri icon


  • Vaccines are a cornerstone in any pandemic influenza preparedness plan. Successful supplementary mass vaccination programs require proper advance planning. We aimed to identify general, and Israeli specific, challenges and opportunities before initiating the Israeli pandemic influenza vaccination program in order to better plan implementation of the program. Following the vaccination campaign the analysis was retrospectively examined in order to determine whether the challenges were properly identified and whether the opportunities were indeed realized. The major challenges identified were prioritization; ongoing communication with the public; balancing between central management and accessibility; and preventing vaccination errors. The major opportunity was expected to be the chance to enhance cooperation and communication between different organizations both within and outside of the health system at local, national and international levels. The vaccination program was planned based on this analysis. In...

publication date

  • January 1, 2011