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dc.contributor.authorKress, Moshe
dc.date2003
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:04:18Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:04:18Z
dc.date.issued2003
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/737
dc.description.abstractHandling bioterror 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 two 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 vaccination capabilities are traded 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 than either of the two aforementioned policies.en_US
dc.format.extent4, 30 p.: ill. (some col.);28 cm.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsApproved for public release, distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.titlePolicies for biodefense revisited: the prioritized vaccination process for Smallpoxen_US
dc.typeReporten_US
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.departmentOperations Research
dc.subject.authorVaccinationen_US
dc.subject.authorSmallpoxen_US
dc.subject.authorBioterrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorTerrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorPreventionen_US
dc.identifier.oclcocm53121077
dc.identifier.npsreportNPS-OR-03-008


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