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  JANUARY 15, 2010
THIS IS PUBLIC HEALTH
January Photo of the Month

waitn for immunizations

Aerial photo of carloads of people waiting for H1N1 immunizations at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, KY.

Submitted by: Drs. Paul McKinney and Ruth Carrico, faculty at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences.  (The photo was taken by Mr. Matt Stone, and published on November 12, 2009 in The Courier-Journal. Reprinted with permission.) The University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) played a key role in the health department's H1N1 immunization clinic located at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 11-12, 2009.

The first day alone, 12,613 people received the vaccine- the largest single day event according to available data.

In total, more than 19,000 people were inoculated against the H1N1 virus, with an average rate of 908 people per hour.
Dr. Ruth Carrico, an assistant professor at the SPHIS provided oversight for training and medical protocol and public health students served as vaccine information specialists. SPHIS graduate students Mr. Pretesh Parmar and Ms. Caitlin Shelton did advance planning and worked on the scene to keep track of and manage the details. This included working with researchers from the university's Speed School of Engineering to map out the location and use simulation to efficiently guide the traffic and determine equipment and volunteers.

"Collaborating with several departments within the university and the Department of Public Health and Wellness was essential to making the clinic a success," said Mr. Parmar.

Participation in the clinic was likely one of the largest volunteer efforts in university history and evidence of ongoing collaboration between the SPHIS and local agencies.

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