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Press Release 10-164
Sizing Up Stockpiles of Children's Vaccines

Practical model could transform vaccine stockpile decisions

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Photo of a health care professional administering a vaccine.

Vaccination is the most important public health strategy for protection from serious illnesses such as whooping cough and polio. But this strategy relies on having an ample stockpile. Researchers have found that how these stockpiles are built and deployed has different implications for public health.

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Photo of Sheldon Jacobson, industrial engineer and researcher at UIUC.

Sheldon Jacobson, an engineer specializing in operations research, is devising ways to make better decisions about important pediatric vaccines.

Credit: University of Illinois


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Photo of Ruben Proano, industrial engineer and researcher at RIT.

Rubén Proaño of the Rochester Institute of Technology is interested in how operations research may benefit public policy and international development. His work enlarges on his research as a graduate student under Jacobson.

Credit: Rubén A. Proaño, Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, Rochester Institute of Technology


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