Public Health Emergencies: Unpacking Medical Countermeasures Management for Preparedness and Response

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CDC, in collaboration with the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), published a supplemental issue on September 7 titled Public Health Emergencies: Unpacking Medical Countermeasures Management for Preparedness and Responseexternal icon.

Medical countermeasures (MCMs) are critical to minimizing morbidity and mortality in the event of a large public health emergency that stems from chemical, biological, or radiological events; natural disasters; or widespread infectious disease and contagions. MCMs are a broad spectrum of medical assets that can provide life-saving support to prevent epidemics or in response to a public health emergency.

The supplement provides a glimpse of public health preparedness to ensure medical countermeasures are available for immediate deployment when the public requires protection. Included are 14 articles in the form of briefs, commentaries, a public health practice summary, analytic essay, and a series of content-focused perspectives to highlight past, present, and future considerations for MCM programs, response, and evaluation. The papers presented in the supplement represent a small fraction of the topics spanning the varied and complex components of an MCM response.

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