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dc.contributor.authorKress, Moshe
dc.date2005-05
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-09T22:21:56Z
dc.date.available2014-01-09T22:21:56Z
dc.date.issued2005-05
dc.identifier.citation2006 “Policies for Biodefense Revisited: The Prioritized Vaccination Process for Smallpox”, Annals of Operations Research, 148, pp 5-23
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/38153
dc.descriptionAnnals of Operations Research, 148, pp 5-23en_US
dc.description.abstractHandling bioierror events that involve contagious agents is a major concern in the war against terror, and is a cause for debate among policymakers about the best response policy. At the core of this debate stands the question which of the post-event policies to adopt: mass vaccination--where maximum vaccination capacity is utilized to uniformly inoculate the entire population, or trace (also called ring or targeted) vaccination--where mass vaccinations capabilities are ttaded off with tracing capabilities to selectively inoculate only contacts (or suspected contacts) of infective individuals. We present a dynamic epidemic-intervention model that expands previous models by capturing some additional key features of the situation and by generalizing some assumptions regarding the probability distributions of inter-temporal parameters. The model comprises a set of difference equations. The model is implemented to analyze alternative response policies. It is shown that a mixture of mass and trace vaccination policies--the prioritized vaccination policy--is more effective that either of the two aforementioned policies.en_US
dc.rightsdefined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titlePolicies for Biodefense Revisited: The Prioritized Vaccination Process for Smallpoxen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentOperations Research (OR)
dc.subject.authormass vaccinationen_US
dc.subject.authortrace vaccinationen_US
dc.subject.authorprioritized vaccinationen_US
dc.subject.authorpotentially traceableen_US


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