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Pandemic H1N1 Update
CDPH and Cal/OSHA revise H1N1 case definition for infection-control purposes.

On Feb. 4, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued the following documents via the California Health Alert Network (CAHAN):

  1. Guidance for Infection Control for 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Health Care Settings-CDPH and Cal/OSHA Joint Statement
  2. Infection Control Guidance for 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Long-Term Care Facilities
  3. Infection Control Guidance for 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Outpatient Settings
  4. 2009 H1N1 Influenza-Infection Control Guidance for Hospitalized Patients
  5. 2009 H1N1 Influenza-Guidance on Case Definitions to be used for Infection Control in California Health Care Settings

These documents include revised H1N1 case definitions for infection-control purposes. All documents are posted on the CAHAN website at https://cahan.ca.gov/cahanbtrs/GateStart.aspx, in the “News Section” (log in required). Documents 1, 4 and 5 are also posted on the CHA Emergency Preparedness website at www.calhospitalprepare.org/H1N1.Infection.Control.

Sanofi Pasteur Reports Shortened Shelf Life for Certain Lots of H1N1 Influenza Vaccine

Sanofi Pasteur has issued a notification that 50 lots (12 million doses) of monovalent 2009 (H1N1) influenza vaccine in prefilled syringes have a shorter expiration period than indicated on the label, and should be used by Feb. 15, 2010.

There are no safety concerns, and those who received vaccine from the lots with a shortened shelf life do not need to take any action. Sanofi Pasteur will send a notification to providers who received doses from the affected lots. For a copy of the CDC Health Alert Update, visit the CHA Emergency Preparedness website at www.calhospitalprepare.org/Sanofi_Pasteur.

CDPH Changes H1N1 Update Stakeholder Calls to Biweekly

The next regularly scheduled H1N1 update stakeholder teleconference will be Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. The dial-in number is (888) 788-1915; the pass code is 4611452. Information will be sent via the California Health Alert Network.

Hospitals Urged to Participate in HAvBED Drill

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) ran a HAvBED drill this week, and participation was considerably lower than previous drills. Under the federal Hospital Preparedness Program grant, all states must demonstrate participation. For this reason, CDPH will hold at least one more HAvBED drill to demonstrate an appropriate level of participation within California before stopping regular drills. Hospitals should watch for the announcement of the next HAvBED drill and respond accordingly.

CDPH Launches H1N1 Ad Campaign

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) launched a television ad campaign (available in English and Spanish) this week in most major markets and cable networks. The campaign, titled Hands, can be viewed on the CDPH website at www.cdph.ca.gov.

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