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PLoS Curr. 2010 Feb 3;2:RRN1146.

H1N1 2009 pandemic flu vaccination campaign: The Homeless lesson.

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  • 1Service des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, CHU Nord AP-HM , URMITE CNRS/IRD 6236, faculté de médecine, Université de la méditérranée, Marseille; Service des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Marseille, Hôpital Nord, Marseille, France, URMITE, CNRS 6236 and AP-HM, Marseille, France.


Homeless are deprived people of developed countries that have a particularly low vaccine coverage and are exposed to vaccine preventable infectious diseases. We report here the efficiency of a voluntary based one-day snapshot influenza vaccination in homeless shelter of Marseille, France, which allowed to obtain a 46.9% H1N1 pandemic vaccine coverage while at the same time only 6% of the French population has been vaccinated.

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