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National Preparedness: Efforts to Address the Medical Needs of Children in a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear Incident
Marcia Crosse (au)
Medical countermeasures -- drugs, vaccines, and medical devices -- can prevent or treat the effects of exposure to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents, and some of these are available in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). Children, who make up 25% of the population in the U.S., are especially vulnerable because many of the countermeasures in the SNS have only been approved for use in adults. The Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) leads the federal efforts to develop and acquire countermeasures. This report examines (1) the percentage of CBRN medical countermeasures in the SNS approved for pediatric use; (2) the challenges HHS faces in developing and acquiring CBRN medical countermeasures for the pediatric population, and the steps it is taking to address them; and (3) the ways that HHS has addressed the dispensing of pediatric medical countermeasures in its emergency response plans and guidance, and ways that state and local governments have addressed this issue. Table and figure. This is a print on demand report.
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