This image depicts University students enrolled in health care programs lined up to get their influenza vaccine, in Casablanca, Morocco, during the country’s 2014 - 2015 influenza season.
In 2006, Morocco began working under a cooperative agreement with the CDC to conduct influenza surveillance. Since then, data from Morocco’s surveillance system has been used to estimate the country’s burden of influenza, and define its seasonality, pointing to the possible benefit of Morocco having its own national flu vaccination program for certain groups. In light of those data, in 2013, Morocco worked with CDC to expand the country’s existing flu vaccine policy, and the next year, Morocco implemented a larger influenza vaccination campaign.
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Morocco purchased 100,000 doses of vaccine, as it had during previous years, and with technical expertise from CDC and help from the Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI), and The Task Force for Global Health, also received a donation of roughly 123,000 doses of vaccine. The flu vaccination campaign targeted the elderly and persons with diabetes, people at high risk of flu-related complications, along with health care personnel, Hajj pilgrims, and university students enrolled in health care programs. While the vaccination policy had for years included mandatory flu vaccination for public sector health professionals, and pilgrims traveling to Islamic holy sites, targeting persons at high risk of flu-related complications with a national campaign was a first for the country. Morocco drew on its existing network of diabetes clinics, distributing vaccine from November, 2014, to January, 2015, resulting in a successful campaign.