2010, 7(2): 455-477. doi: 10.3934/mbe.2010.7.455

Pulse vaccination strategies in a metapopulation SIR model


Division of Mathematics, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, DD1 4HN, United Kingdom

Received  March 2009 Revised  September 2009 Published  April 2010

We examine a model for a disease with SIR-type dynamics circulating in a population living on two or more patches between any pair of which migration is allowed. We suppose that a pulse vaccination strategy (PVS) is carried out on each patch. Conditions are derived on each PVS such that the disease will be eradicated on all patches. The PVS on one patch is assumed to be essentially independent of the PVS on the other patches except in so far as they are all performed simultaneously. This independence is of practical value when we bear in mind that the patches may represent regions or countries with autonomous public health authorities, which may make individual decisions about the days appropriate for a vaccination pulse to occur in their own region or country. Simulations corroborate our theoretical results.
Citation: Alan J. Terry. Pulse vaccination strategies in a metapopulation SIR model. Mathematical Biosciences & Engineering, 2010, 7 (2) : 455-477. doi: 10.3934/mbe.2010.7.455

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