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Why H1N1 Still Matters

Public Health Grand Rounds


Sixteen months after reports of a potentially fatal new influenza virus took the world and media by storm, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic on August 10, 2010. Although the Phase 6 alert has been lifted and H1N1 is no longer the dominant influenza virus it once was, evidence from prior pandemics suggests that the virus will come to model the behavior of seasonal influenza and continue to circulate for years to come. Fortunately, global preparedness efforts and a swift public health response resulted in rapid detection and reporting of cases, extensive vaccination coverage for some high risk populations, and a legacy of stronger influenza control efforts even in communities with weaker health systems.

This special 1st anniversary session of Public Health Grand Rounds reviewed the roles that preparedness, surveillance, vaccine development, and risk communication played in the H1N1 response, discussed lessons learned, and tackled the myths and truths of this controversial and still relevant public health issue.


Presented By

Stephen C. Redd, MD
Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service; Director, Influenza Coordination Unit, Office of Infectious Diseases, CDC
Myths and Misconceptions of the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic

Michael W. Shaw, PhD
Associate Director for Laboratory Science, Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
The Pandemic Laboratory Response

Daniel B. Jernigan, MD, MPH
Deputy Director, Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and
Respiratory Diseases, CDC
Epidemiology and Surveillance for Pandemic Response

Julie Morita, MD
Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Public Health and Safety, Chicago Department of Public Health
Chicago Response to the H1N1 Pandemic: Strategy and Partnerships at the City Level

Vincent T. Covello, PhD
Director of the Center for Risk Communication, New York City, New York
H1N1 Risk and Crisis Communication: Successes and Challenges

Facilitated By

Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Shane Joiner, Communication Manager, Public Health Grand Rounds

  • Page last reviewed: September 17, 2010
  • Page last updated: September 17, 2010
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