Preparedness in Jails Project
H1N1 influenza pandemic revealed that small and mid-sized jails were largely missed during distribution of H1N1 vaccine.
To more proactively connect jails with local health departments to establish relationships and develop innovative approaches to preparedness planning.
- Fils-Aime R., Lehnert J.D., Chamberlain A.T., Bowden C.J., Berkelman R. L., Spaulding A.C. Local Jails and Public Health Emergency Preparedness: A reproducible demonstration project to strengthen the ability of the public health infrastructure to deliver vaccines. Submitted for review.
- Spaulding A. Jail & Health Department Preparedness via Maternal Tdap Vaccine Education and Distribution. Oral presentation. Fourth Annual Georgia Region E Healthcare Coalition Meeting. Watkinsville, GA. February 17, 2017.
- Fils-Aime R, Spaulding A, Chamberlain A, Bowden C, Lehnert JD. Improving Jail and Health Department Preparedness Efforts by Demonstrating the Feasibility of Maternal Tdap Vaccine Education and Distribution. Oral Presentation at the 10th Annual Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, March 16-17, 2017. Atlanta, GA.
- Spaulding A, Chamberlain A, Bowden C. Planning for Inevitable Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Jail. Presentation at the National Conference on Correctional HealthCare, Chicago IL, November 5, 2017.
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Small jails lack emergency preparedness for the delivery of vaccines to detainees. Local health department, however, can assist with preparing jails if the proper relationships are built between the two entities.
For Local Health Departments
For Local Jails
Creating a Plan for Emergency Vaccination of Detainees
Emergency plans should include the following:
- Explicit responsibilities for staff by position title
- Contact information at the jails and health departments
- Vaccination procedures
- Backup plans for each step of the plan
- Estimated time frames