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Table 2 Common reported subgroups within three main vaccine priority groups as listed in National Influenza Pandemic Plans A

From: Prioritization strategies for pandemic influenza vaccine in 27 countries of the European Union and the Global Health Security Action Group: a review

  BG CA CZ DK EE IE IT LT PL RO SK NL UK US  
Health Care Workers in: B . . . . . . . X . . .   . XF  
Clinical laboratories, pharmacies X X X . X . . . . X . X . . 6 (43%)
Paramedics, emergency services X X X X . X X . X X . X X . 10 (71%)
Residential care homes for elderly . X . . . X . . . . . . X . 3 (21%)
Social institutions (e.g. day care, "elderly houses") X . X X . . . . . . X . . . 4 (29%)
Public health agencies/authorities X X X . X . X . . X . . . . 6 (43%)
Long term health care facilities . X X . . . X . X . X X . . 6 (43%)
Out-patient health care facilities X X X X . . X . . X . X . . 7 (50%)
In-patient health care facilities X X X X . X X . X X . X X . 10 (71%)
Essential service providers B
Key persons in government, emergency response, defence and security X X XC XD . XE . . X : X . XE X  
Police X X X . X X X . X X X . X . 10 (71%)
Armed forces X X X . X X X . X X X . X . 10 (71%)
Fire fighters X X X . . X X . X X X . X . 10 (71%)
Government X X X . . . . . . X X . . X 6 (43%)
Emergency response decision makers X X . . X . X X . . . . . X 6 (43%)
Border guards and custom officers X . . . X . X . X X . . . . 5 (36%)
Defined national authorities X     X      .      2 (14%)
Public Sector   XC . . . . X XE .   . . . XD  
Utility workers (e.g. power, water, sewage system) X X X . X X X X . X X . X X 11 (79%)
Funeral services/mortuary personnel X X . . . X . . . X . . X X 6 (43%)
Transport (e.g. fuel, water, food, medical supplies) X X X . . . X . X X X .   X 8 (57%)
High risk individuals B                
Groups identified in pandemic as being at increased risk for complications X X . X . X . . . . . X X . 6 (43%)
Sub-groups similar to those where vaccination is recommended during seasonal influenza X X X . X X X X X X X X X X 13 (93%)
Pregnant women . X . . X . . . X . . . . X 4 (29%)
Pregnant women in the third trimester . . . . . X . X . . . X X . 4 (29%)
Children 6 to 23 months . X . . . X X . . X . . . X 4 (29%)
Children and youth 6 months to 18 years . . . . X . . . X . . . . . 2 (14%)
  1. A Table includes countries which listed subgroups in their published National Pandemic Influenza Plans that either met the language criteria (see Methods) or provided detailed information on request; B Due to countries variation in the terminology among countries overlaps between subgroups may exist. Table includes subgroups if categorized by countries as belonging to one of the main groups; C National Pandemic Influenza Plan reports a comprehensive list of subgroups which is not completely summarized in this table; D National Pandemic Influenza Plan reports a comprehensive list of groups which could be considered and is not summarized in this table. "Decisions on priority groups will be made when the characteristics of the new pandemic virus is known and according to ongoing work on vulnerability in specific key sectors"; E Unmarked subgroups are not necessarily excluded because the National Pandemic Influenza Plan only reports a few examples; F No further specification.