Optimizing the Societal Benefits of the Annual Influenza Vaccine: A Stochastic Programming Approach

@article{zaltin2011OptimizingTS,
  title={Optimizing the Societal Benefits of the Annual Influenza Vaccine: A Stochastic Programming Approach},
  author={Osman Y. {\"O}zaltin and Oleg A. Prokopyev and Andrew J. Schaefer and Mark S. Roberts},
  journal={Operations Research},
  year={2011},
  volume={59},
  pages={1131-1143}
}
Seasonal influenza is a major public health concern, and the first line of defense is the flu shot. Antigenic drifts and the high rate of influenza transmission require annual updates to the flu shot composition. The World Health Organization recommends which flu strains to include in the annual vaccine, based on surveillance and epidemiological analysis. There are two critical decisions regarding the flu shot design. One is its composition; currently, three strains constitute the flu shot, and… CONTINUE READING