Decision Making for Bioterror Preparedness: Examples from Smallpox Vaccination Policy

  • Edward H. Kaplan
  • Lawrence M. Wein
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 70)


Decision making for bioterror preparedness involves estimating the consequences of different attack scenarios paired with alternative preparedness and response policies, and selecting an appropriate strategy to minimize deaths, disease, and costs to society. Smallpox vaccination policy provides an excellent case study of these concepts in action. We review both the smallpox vaccination policy debate in the United States circa 2002, and the successful use of operations research methods to influence policy in this arena.

Key words

Bioterrorism Smallpox Vaccination policy Decision analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward H. Kaplan
    • 1
  • Lawrence M. Wein
    • 2
  1. 1.Yale School of Management, and Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale School of MedicineYale UniversityNew Haven
  2. 2.Graduate School of BusinessStanford UniversityStanford

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