Management and Effectiveness of HEW's 1978-79 Flu Program

HRD-79-77: Published: May 14, 1979. Publicly Released: May 14, 1979.

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The management and effectiveness of the 1978 through 1979 flu program were reviewed. Liability claims against the federal government were examined to determine the current status of claims arising out of all federal immunization programs, particularly the swine flu program.

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  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare should give greater consideration to the extent and severity of flu expected, the extent of demand measured in the target population, and the capability of existing public and private settings to meet the demand. Also, a time-phased approach to the program needs to be established similar to that already established for dealing with potential flu pandemics.

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