Title

The Math of Swine Flu: Epidemiological Methods and Models for Management of the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic

Presenter Information

Claire UmsteadFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Junior

Major

Biomedical Sciences

Minor

Mathematical Biology, Chemistry

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Dr. Maeve McCarthy

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

In 2009, H1N1 scared the nation when the swine flu pandemic occurred. From the disease biology to the transmission mechanisms, H1N1 put the Center for Disease Control’s outbreak plan to the test. A vital step in this process was defining the disease mathematically so that response efforts could be optimized. Epidemiological models helped define how quickly the disease could spread, the potential for recovery, the most critical locations for vaccination, and the best ways to stay healthy without access to the vaccination. Mathematics are a powerful tool in biomedical applications, and its usefulness in the 2009 H1N1 pandemic was immeasurable.

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The Math of Swine Flu: Epidemiological Methods and Models for Management of the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic

In 2009, H1N1 scared the nation when the swine flu pandemic occurred. From the disease biology to the transmission mechanisms, H1N1 put the Center for Disease Control’s outbreak plan to the test. A vital step in this process was defining the disease mathematically so that response efforts could be optimized. Epidemiological models helped define how quickly the disease could spread, the potential for recovery, the most critical locations for vaccination, and the best ways to stay healthy without access to the vaccination. Mathematics are a powerful tool in biomedical applications, and its usefulness in the 2009 H1N1 pandemic was immeasurable.