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World's First Flu Chat Lab
Action Undertaken During and following the 2009 H1N1 pandemi During and following the 2009 H1N1 pandemic we evaluated the perceptions of flu vaccine safety using a new zero-cost Web-based analytical tool we developed. We aggregated and displayed this dynamic information in real-time on a publicly accessible area (
End date 15 March 2010  +
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Impact Achieved Results of our assessment and The Chat Lab Results of our assessment and The Chat Lab were demonstrated at HealthAchieve 2009 and at the Innovation Expo where policy makers and visitors had the chance to interact and discuss our findings. We found that Web sites containing anti-vaccine sentiment remained popular after the approval of the vaccine by Health Canada. From October 2009 to December 2009, our vaccine safety perception results were shared with decision-makers who are studying our initiative to determine best practices in public health communications during a pandemic. c health communications during a pandemic.
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 10 May 2010 23:23:28  +
Problem Addressed Traditional communication and education strategies by public health authorities are limited in their capacity to counteract anti-vaccine sentiment on the Internet. Millions of dollars were spent on public health education during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
Start date 1 November 2009  +
Tags Chat Lab +, Flu +, Strategy +
Title World's First Flu Chat Lab  +
Categories Impact
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