This toolkit helps you work with key stakeholders to develop methods for the dispensing of medical countermeasures (such as antibiotics, antivirals, vaccines, and supplies) during public health emergencies involving public health agencies, hospitals, long term care facilities, and pharmacies.
This document presents a set of recommended standards for mass antibiotic dispensing that focus on the “points of dispensing” (or PODs, locations where the members of the public would go to receive life-saving antibiotics or other medical countermeasures during a large-scale public health emergency). Specifically, the standards address (1) the number and location of PODs, (2) internal POD operations, (3) POD staffing, and (4) POD security.
Per a directive from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) large metropolitan regions have been tasked with delivering medication to the public within 48 hours after notification of a biological emergency event. Dispense Assist supports public health agencies with accomplishing this mission by providing an online screening tool that allows users to generate vouchers for medication.
This document outlines key topics, relevant resources, and current promising practices state and local medical countermeasure (MCM) planners should consider when creating and implementing plans to transition emergency mass dispensing operations from the initial 10-day antibiotic distribution and dispensing effort to distributing and dispensing extended post-exposure prophylactic MCMs.
A one-month-old baby in Vanuatu has become the first person in the world to be immunized using vaccines delivered by a commercial drone. The drone flew for 25 minutes across 24 miles of mountainous terrain to get to the Cook's Bay area on the island of Erromango, which would otherwise have taken hours to reach on foot or by boat.
To assist state and local health departments in planning for targeting vaccine during an influenza pandemic, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the following checklist. The items in the checklist include specific activities public health emergency planners and immunization programs can do to prepare for targeted pandemic influenza vaccination.
Federal, state, tribal, and local governments, communities, and the private sector have asked for updated planning guidance on who should receive vaccination early in a pandemic. This document uses pandemic severity categories based on the current US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pandemic Severity Assessment Framework.
An analysis of supply chains found that under diverse scenarios drones can provide between 20 and 50 percent cost savings over traditional transport methods.
Distributing countermeasures would be daunting.
Researchers have found a number of problems in vaccine supply chains.