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Pandemics and Health Equity: Lessons Learned from the H1N1 Response in Los Angeles County

A Plough; B Bristow; J Fielding; S Caldwell; S Khan
Journal of Public Health Management Practice

January 1, 2011

(2011) 17(1), 20-7.

Pandemic preparedness and response (as with all public health actions) occur within a social, cultural, and historical context of preexisting health disparities and, in some populations, underlying mistrust in government. Almost 200,000 people received H1N1 vaccine at 109 free, public mass vaccination clinics operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health between October 23, 2009, and December 8, 2009. Wide racial/ethnic disparities in vaccination rates were observed with African Americans having the lowest rate followed by whites.