AJPH publishes supplement on emergency medical countermeasures

Date: Sep 07 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Megan Lowry, 202-777-3913

Supplement highlights research regarding mass vaccination programs, pandemic influenza preparedness, training during public health emergencies and education of elderly patients

Washington, D.C., September 7, 2018 – In recognition of National Preparedness Month, the American Journal of Public Health published a supplemental issue today entitled Public Health Emergencies: Unpacking Medical Countermeasures Management for Preparedness and Response. Medical countermeasures are critical to public health professionals’ efforts to minimize morbidity and mortality in the event of large-scale public health emergencies. 

The supplement, published in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlights research on mass vaccination programs, pandemic influenza preparedness, training during public health emergencies and education of elderly patients.

This research provides a glimpse in to the efforts and requirements that ensure MCM are available for immediate deployment when the public requires protection. The supplement includes 14 articles including briefs, commentaries, a public health practice summary, analytic essay and a series of content-focused perspectives. Together, these papers highlight past, present and future considerations for MCM preparedness programs, response and evaluation.  

External funding for this supplement was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR), Applied Science and Evaluation Branch (ASEB). Guest Editors for the issue were Rachel Nonkin Avchen, PhD, MS; Tanya Telfair LeBlanc, PhD, MS; and Christine Kosmos, RN, MS, CDC, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR).

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