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Mandatory Vaccinations? A chance to protest! H1N1 vaccination strategy and information session in Somerville

From: Andreas
Sent on: Monday, August 10, 2009 7:43 PM
Nice meeting people at Sunday's event at Joes.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has selected Somerville as one of
ten national sites for an H1N1 vaccination strategy and information
session. This is a free event you just need to pre-register!


August 07, 2009


Full-Day Strategy Session to be Held Saturday, August 29th; Members of
the Somerville Community Invited to Attend; $50 Stipend Offered to

SOMERVILLE - Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Somerville Health
Department Director Paulette Renault-Caragianes today announced that
the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has selected Somerville as one of
ten national sites for an H1N1 vaccination strategy and information
session, to take place on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the Center for
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue.  The day-long event is open
to the first 100 residents who register, and all pre-registered
participants will receive a $50 stipend for participation in focus
groups throughout the day.  Only preregistered participants are
eligible to receive the stipend. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be
provided.  Interpretation will be available in Spanish, Portuguese,
Haitian Creole, and American Sign Language for those requesting that

A series of ten sessions will be held around the country before Labor
Day, all designed to help state and local health organizations develop
a voluntary fall vaccination program for the H1N1 flu virus.  Public
discussion at strategy sessions will focus on the following questions:

    * Should the CDC create a mass vaccination program against H1N1?
    * What are the particulars of a mass vaccination program?
    * How does the federal prioritization guidance (developed for all
scenarios) apply in light of this real outbreak?  If there are
elements that don't apply, what's different and why?
    * Are there particular/unique strategies that this pandemic will require?.

"In choosing Somerville as one of ten locations around the country for
these public forums, the CDC acknowledged value that the ethnic,
cultural, and economic diversity of our City offers a unique and
important opportunity to gauge the very wide range of views the public
holds around how local, state, and federal public health agencies
should move forward in dealing with H1N1.  We look forward to having
the chance to listen to our constituents on this important issue,"
said Renault-Caragianes.

To register for the event, please follow the instruction in the other
attached document, Registration is also available online via­1,  and by phone 1.866.276.7083.

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