7.11 The End of the Outbreak and the Role of the Outbreak Control Committee

The outbreak coordination committee’s (OCC) responsibilities include:

  • Meeting in the absence of an epidemic to plan for breakouts
  • Determining the current state of supplies, equipment, and resources
  • Predicting and identifying resources and procedures for mass vaccination campaigns to prevent disease
  • Predicting and adding possible resources required for a quick response to an outbreak
  • Ensuring that staff and training are available for outbreak response
  • Analyzing epidemiological data as the outbreak develops
  • Delegating responsibilities to employees with precise tasks and communication channels
  • Meeting regularly to review data and track progress on implemented measures
  • Interacting with members of the public and the media
  • Assessing the response to the vaccination program
  • Compiling a comprehensive report on outbreak response efforts
  • Making any necessary changes to vaccination strategies and programs.

Once the outbreak has ended, the OCC will:

  • Take note of any difficulties or shortfalls that were encountered during the course of the program
  • Analyze the experiences of all participants involved in the outbreak
  • Suggest structural or procedural improvements (if necessary) to reduce the chances of recurrence
  • Write the final outbreak report and recommend actions that need to be taken to prevent a recurrence.
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