Journal of Urban Health

, Volume 89, Issue 2, pp 317–328

Description of a Large Urban School-Located 2009 Pandemic H1N1 Vaccination Campaign, New York City 2009–2010

  • Heather E. Narciso
  • Preeti Pathela
  • Beth Maldin Morgenthau
  • Susan M. Kansagra
  • Linda May
  • Allison Scaccia
  • Jane R. Zucker


In the spring of 2009, New York City (NYC) experienced the emergence and rapid spread of pandemic influenza A H1N1 virus (pH1N1), which had a high attack rate in children and caused many school closures. During the 2009 fall wave of pH1N1, a school-located vaccination campaign for elementary schoolchildren was conducted in order to reduce infection and transmission in the school setting, thereby reducing the impact of pH1N1 that was observed earlier in the year. In this paper, we describe the planning and outcomes of the NYC school-located vaccination campaign. We compared consent and vaccination data for three vaccination models (school nurse alone, school nurse plus contract nurse, team). Overall, >1,200 of almost 1,600 eligible schools participated, achieving 26.8% consent and 21.5% first-dose vaccination rates, which did not vary significantly by vaccination model. A total of 189,902 doses were administered during two vaccination rounds to 115,668 students at 998 schools included in the analysis; vaccination rates varied by borough, school type, and poverty level. The team model achieved vaccination of more children per day and required fewer vaccination days per school. NYC’s campaign is the largest described school-located influenza vaccination campaign to date. Despite substantial challenges, school-located vaccination is feasible in large, urban settings, and during a public health emergency.


H1N1 influenza Vaccination Elementary schoolchildren 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather E. Narciso
    • 1
  • Preeti Pathela
    • 2
  • Beth Maldin Morgenthau
    • 2
  • Susan M. Kansagra
    • 2
  • Linda May
    • 3
  • Allison Scaccia
    • 2
  • Jane R. Zucker
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Utah School of MedicineSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.New York City Department of Health and Mental HygieneQueensUSA
  3. 3.New York City Office of Administrative Trials and HearingsNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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