Tuesday, December 4 : What is Pandemic Flu/How Will Vaccine be Used?
Pandemic influenza is very different from the familiar seasonal influenza. Participants in this part of the dialogue will discuss the nature of pandemic influenza, how it differs from seasonal influenza, the possible impacts of pandemic influenza on a place such as where they live and the ways that vaccine can be used to respond to it. Participants will also discuss the strategy for prioritizing use of vaccine that is outlined in the Draft Guidance. Participants are requested to review the Library Items listed for today's agenda as well as other resources in the library.
Wednesday, December 5 : Priorities in the Draft Guidance
The Draft Guidance is focused on how to prioritize the distribution of scarce vaccine: who gets it, and who must wait? Participants in this part of the dialogue will discuss the prioritization proposed within each major population grouping in the Draft Guidance. There will also be discussion about how this prioritization may change depending upon the severity of the strain of pandemic influenza and other factors.
Thursday, December 6 : Reflections on Personal Impacts, Emerging Issues
This final day is dedicated to considering in more detail questions about the impacts of the Draft Guidance on our families and communities. Today provides an opportunity for public citizens to discuss with public health officials other issues that have been raised during the dialogue and that were not directly related to the scheduled Focus Points that we’ve discussed so far. Before going to today's discussions, please complete the poll rating your views on proposed changes to the guidance. Your feedback will be considered by the Federal Government as the Draft Guidance is revised and finalized.