Community-Based Mass Prophylaxis: A Planning Guide for Public Health Preparedness [open pdf - 691KB]
"This Planning Guide, which complements the CDC's Strategic National Stockpile Guidebook (especially Chapter 11 on dispensing operations), is intended to assist public health and emergency management officials in this task. Section one of this guide provides an overview of the five components of a mass prophylaxis response to epidemic outbreaks: surveillance, stockpiling, distribution, dispensing, and follow-up. The next two sections focus on planning and conducting dispensing operations using specially-designated dispensing clinics, here called Dispensing/Vaccination Centers (DVCs) but also known as Points of Dispensing (PODs). These concepts are then put to work in developing sample antibiotic dispensing and vaccination clinic plans that can be 'run' using a separate customizable computer planning model, the Bioterrorism and Epidemic Outbreak Response Model (BERM), developed in conjunction with this planning guide. The last section describes the implementation of a comprehensive operational structure for dispensing/ vaccination clinics based on the National Incident Management System (NIMS)."
AHRQ Pub No. 04-0044
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): http://www.ahrq.gov/