During the annual flu season, multiple strains of the influenza virus are often present within a population. It is a significant challenge for health care administrators to determine the most effective allocation of two different vaccines to combat the various strains when treating the public. We employ a mathematical model, a system of differential equations, to find a strategy for vaccinating a population in order to minimize the number of infected individuals. We consider various strengths of transmission of the disease, availability of vaccine doses, vaccination rates, and other model parameters. This research may lead to more effective health care policies for vaccine administration.
Kenyon, Abby; Eveler, Ana; Grashel, Tayler; and Richardson, Jessica, "Optimizing the Allocation of Vaccines in the Presence of Multiple Strains of the Influenza Virus" (2013). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 237.