Estimated Costs of Personnel Time and Materials Used During the March 2004 Measles Outbreak Response in Iowa

IDPHLinn CountyJefferson CountyJohnson CountyUniversity of Iowa Hospitals/ClinicsPublic Health Laboratory for IowaTotal
Personnel time per activity, h*
    Emergency response840.0127.980.0329.5202.01579.5
    Total hours1226.3190.889.5571.3299.0148.02524.8
Materials, n
    Phone calls1700.045.0280.02025.0
    Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, doses1550.
    Immunoglobulin, doses450.080.019.0450.0
Estimated costs, $
    Personnel (costs, wages, and fringe benefits)§46 185.16506.61772.717 646.78561.14620.085 292.2
    Overhead costs§15 125.01500.02738.82171.421 535.2
    Public information858.013.3440.01311.3
    Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and immunoglobulin28 963.528 963.5
Total costs, $91 727.48040.22302.420 528.98561.111 292.4142 452.4
  • * Activities included in “investigation”: tracking of cases, case interview, contact notification, and screening of suspected cases; activities included in “emergency response”: information to the public, treatment of cases, prophylaxis of contacts, enhanced surveillance, isolation/quarantine, and follow-up.

  • The total number of hours includes business and nonbusiness hours (ie, during weekends or evenings) allocated by the personnel.

  • The number of doses of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and immunoglobulin reported by the counties used during the outbreak is taken from the total number of doses deployed by IDPH to these and other counties during the outbreak response (1550 doses of measles-mumps-rubella and 450 vials of immunoglobulins).

  • § Fringe benefits and overhead costs were included when reported or calculated following the specific accounting method of each involved institution.

  • Public-information costs include the IDPH toll-free phone line, press releases and conferences, and other communication expenses when reported.

  • The unitary costs used are $15.99 for 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and $23.50 for 1 dose of immunoglobulin.

  • # Mile costs were calculated by multiplying $0.29 (as IDPH) by the total number of miles.