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Reacting to a pandemic flu outbreak will require the mass distribution of vaccine, when available, which will require county health departments to setup and operate one or more mass vaccination clinics, also known as points of dispensing (PODs). Carefully planning these PODs before an event occurs is a difficult although important job. First, this paper describes a tool, the Clinic Planning Model Generator (CPMG) computer program, designed to help public health agencies evaluate and make adjustments to their POD plans. The CPMG was built upon data from a smallpox exercise and other biological agent POD exercises. Second, this paper demonstrates the application of the CPMG through an example pandemic flu scenario. This work is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Montgomery County, Maryland's Advanced Practice Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland.
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Copyright Notice: This paper appears in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Volume 12, Number 4, pages 365-372, July-August 2006. Personal use of this material is permitted. Any other uses require permission of the copyright holder.
The modeling work was conducted in the facilities of the Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory, a constituent lab of the Institute for Systems Research. Cooperative Agreement Number U50/CCU302718 from the CDC to NACCHO supported this publication. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the University of Maryland and the Advanced Practice Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response of Montgomery County, Maryland, and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC or NACCHO.
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