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FIGHTING TRANSIENT EPIDEMICS—OPTIMAL VACCINATION SCHEDULES BEFORE AND AFTER AN OUTBREAK†
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 21, Issue 12, pages 1456–1476, December 2012
How to Cite
Nævdal, E. (2012), FIGHTING TRANSIENT EPIDEMICS—OPTIMAL VACCINATION SCHEDULES BEFORE AND AFTER AN OUTBREAK. Health Econ., 21: 1456–1476. doi: 10.1002/hec.1803
- Issue published online: 5 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 9 MAR 2011
- Manuscript Received: 30 JUL 2008
- transient epidemics;
- optimal control;
- numerical methods
Epidemic diseases afflict all countries, and all epidemics are costly to society. The present paper examines optimal vaccination trajectories before and after an outbreak of a special class of epidemics where the disease normally eradicates itself. The focus is on epidemics where mortality may be ignored, influenza being the prime example. One important insight is that there may be increasing returns to scale in vaccination. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.