This a follow-up diary to the 6/26 NIH flu summit and the US federal summit a week later. It was partly prompted by SusanC's diary, Swine Flu Vaccine in 5 Days?
Assume for the moment that a decision is made to go with a vaccine program. Assume there's going to be vaccine, but not enough for everyone at once (see CDC interim guidance; schools go first.) If you had the opportunity to present your views, or if you were a decision maker, or if your state or local public health folks asked for your advice as an informed citizen, how would you answer the following questions?
How can the need for action be best communicated to the public? ("action" can be decision to vaccinate, or info on prepping, or explanation of school closure, or whatever needs to be conveyed)
Who are the best messengers?
Are the answers different for vaccine and for non-vaccine non-pharmaceuticals?
If we are serious about the fall, what's the best way to address the questions? Between SusanC's diary, the news, and the CDC guidance, these questions are in need of some candid answers.