Optimal Allocation of Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Depends on Age, Risk and Timing

S.D. Mylius, T.H.J. Hagenaars, A.K. Lugner, J. Wallinga

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    Abstract

    The limited production capacity for vaccines raises the question what the best strategy is for allocating the vaccine to mitigate an influenza pandemic. We developed an age-structured model for spread of an influenza pandemic and validated it against observations from the Asian flu pandemic. Two strategies were evaluated: vaccination can be implemented at the start of the influenza pandemic, or vaccination will be implemented near the peak of it. Our results suggest prioritizing individuals with a high-risk of complications if a vaccine becomes available during a pandemic. If available at the start, vaccinating school children might be considered since this results in slightly lower expected number of deaths.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3742-3749
    JournalVaccine
    Volume26
    Issue number29-30
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • strategies
    • netherlands
    • spread
    • strain
    • impact

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