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Name of Health Department/Agency: Chicago Department of Health
State: IL
Date Added: 12/23/2009
Themes: Vaccine Supply and Distribution
Issue Summary: Chicago Area Airports Used as Venues for Mass Vaccine Clinics
Description of Issue(s): The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) contracted with the University of Illinois who regularly hosts urgent care clinics at the O'Hare and Midway airports. CDPH provided H1N1 vaccine to these University clinics.
Actions taken to address the issue(s): At O'Hare Airport, there are four kiosks in several terminals and they clinics are providing both H1N1 and seasonal vaccine. The airports offered H1N1 vaccine the day before Thanksgiving and then two days after Thanksgiving. Now that H1N1 vaccine supply is plentiful, the clinics will be offering the vaccine on a daily basis beginning this weekend at both Midway and the O'Hare airports.
Outcomes that resulted from actions taken: About 200 doses were administered during the Thanksgiving clinics. The uptake from the travelers was great. People were very appreciative about what they were able to offer. The clinics were only able to give them a limited quantity at that time. Now that there's more vaccine, they are hoping to vaccinate more travelers.

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