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 サービスが行き届かない15地域で保健福祉省とウォルグリーンズが協力して約35万本の無料インフルエンザワクチンの接種を行う。
 ウォルグリーンズによる1000万ドルの寄付をもとに8つの地域でプロジェクトが来週から始まる。その後さらに7地域拡大する。プロジェクトは特に糖尿病と心疾患の罹患率が高くインフルエンザ合併症で危険な状態になりやすい黒人・ヒスパニックのインフルエンザワクチン接種割合を増大させることを目標にしている。。
 1-2月にインフルエンザのピークを迎えると予想されるので休み前がワクチン接種に適している。
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「食物砂漠」でのウォルグリーンズの挑戦/米国
http://kurie.at.webry.info/201011/article_11.html
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HHS, Walgreens Partner to Give Free Flu Shots
Pharmacy Giant Partners With Government to Offer Protection Against the Flu
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ColdandFluNews/pharmacy-giant-offers-free-flu-shots-minority-communities/story?id=12425737

By TODD NEALE, MedPage Today Staff Writer
Dec. 18, 2010

画像People living in 15 underserved U.S. communities will be able to get flu shots for free thanks to a partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services and Walgreens to provide around 350,000 doses of influenza vaccine.

The demonstration project, started with a $10 million donation from Walgreens, will launch next week by distributing vouchers in eight U.S. markets -- Atlanta, Bronx, N.Y., Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Mo., Newark, N.J., Oakland, Calif., and Philadelphia, Kermit Crawford, president of pharmacy services at Walgreens, announced on a conference call with reporters.

Read this story on www.medpagetoday.com.

After that, the joint effort will be broadened to include seven more areas -- Fort Lauderdale, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach in Florida, Seattle, Waco, Tex., the District of Columbia, and various parts of New Hampshire.

The vouchers can be exchanged for one free flu shot at any Walgreens pharmacy, Duane Reade Pharmacy in New York, or Take Care Clinic.

The project is specifically aimed at increasing flu vaccination rates in black and Hispanic communities, which traditionally have worse coverage than white communities.

About one-third of Americans have been vaccinated against influenza this season, and many of those who have not been immunized come from minority communities, according to HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Blacks and Hispanics are particularly at risk for flu-related complications because of elevated rates of diabetes and heart disease in those populations. The joint effort by HHS and Walgreens, the nation's largest drugstore chain, is aimed at reducing racial disparities in flu vaccine coverage.

Vouchers will be distributed through a variety of community outreach efforts by local public health officials and their community partners in the 15 targeted cities in conjunction with HHS Regional Health Administrators, according to a Walgreens press release.

The joint effort to increase flu vaccine coverage will encompass patient and community education, mail and phone reminders, outreach to businesses, schools, and senior and family service centers, as well as radio public service announcements.

Free Flu Shots Available for Many in Need

"We need everyone and every community to recognize that vaccines are the cornerstone of prevention," Sebelius said.

She noted that plenty of vaccine is available this season, and that many people are eligible for free vaccine through the Vaccines for Children program, Medicare, and Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act also includes provisions for free preventive care -- including vaccination.

According to Dr. Dan Jernigan, deputy director of the CDC's influenza division, the weeks before the holidays are a good time to get vaccinated.

He said that flu activity is increasing and is expected to peak in late January or February, as happens in most years. Last year -- when flu activity picked up in August and peaked in November -- was an anomaly caused by the H1N1 pandemic.

Jernigan added that the influenza strains covered by this year's trivalent vaccine -- A/H3N2, B, and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic strains -- are a good match for the strains that are currently circulating -- about equal amounts A and B strains. None of the viruses tested so far has shown antiviral resistance.

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