Douglas Shenson

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Our ability to immunize large numbers of Americans quickly and effectively against the H1N1 virus may depend on an unlikely resource: our voting system. I do not mean our elected leaders, but our network of polling places. As we learned in last year’s presidential election, American polling sites can process more than 130 million people in a single day.

Last Nov. 4, my colleagues and I conducted a national test of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Vote and Vax initiative. We found we were able to deliver more than 21,000 flu shots in 42 states and the District of Columbia. We worked with local public health practitioners and cleared the program with election officials to make sure we didn’t violate any polling regulations.…  Seguir leyendo »