Pandemic Preparedness

Whether its naturally occurring, infectious disease outbreaks or act of terrorism, pandemic response plans prepare jurisdictions against sudden outbreaks. The limitations in response plans is the capacity to recruit sufficient manpower to administer vaccinations. This Master's Thesis looks at pandemic vaccine distribution policy and offers a thorough bibliography, is titled Strategic Policy for Pandemic Vaccine Distribution and was published by the Naval Postgraduate School

Pandemic Vaccine Policy

Over this past decade, Congress has responded to the growing threat of bioterrorism and risks to US national security with increased funding for biosecurity and public health preparedness. This has included investment in domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity by the US government. As a result, a policy of vaccine production self-sufficiency has emerged that should cause policy makers to pause and ask: “what is the next step?” In the near future, this policy may create a surge of efficient vaccine production that current emergency distribution models are ill equipped to manage. As the nation readied for its first pandemic in forty years, it benefited from investments in preparedness but still found itself unprepared for the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic vaccination campaign. This article argues that a policy should be established that compliments the policy of vaccine self-sufficiency and proposes a hybrid model to achieve that goal.

Viewpoint in Homeland Defense and Security

CHDS Thesis Series: Strategic Policy for Pandemic Vaccine Distribution: Russo was invited by the Center for Homeland Defense & Security (CHDS) at the Naval Postgraduate School to offer his perspective on current issues and challenges with pandemic vaccine distribution in the aftermath of the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic. The H1N1 vaccination campaign was the nation's most ambitious mass vaccination campaign in 40 years.

Where Does Pan Flu Emergency Response Plug Into My EOC?

Written for the emergency management community, this articles provides a brief set of topics to ready the EOC for pandemic response. It appeared in the International Association of Emergency Manager's news bulletin.

Getting your EOC Ready for pandemic flu

The health and medical communities are not the only disciplines who sought protocols to protect workers when responding to emergency calls during the threat of a pandemic. This article was published in Homeland Protection Professional and outlined protective measures emergency workers should take.

Pandemic Planning for the Medical Office

The 2006 Pandemic Preparedness Act funded state and local departments of health to work with first responder organizations to ready for the H5N1 Avian Influenza. October, 2006 EMS Responder published an article that addressed pandemic influenza COOP preparedness for EMS first responders. This article directs those that work closely with first responders...and related-disciplines that work on the front line, preparing them for unique roles that may result from pandemic influenza.