The impact of regular school closure on seasonal influenza epidemics: a data-driven spatial transmission model for Belgium.

Last updated on 23-8-2019 by Anonymous (non vérifié)


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BACKGROUND: School closure is often considered as an option to mitigate influenza epidemics because of its potential to reduce transmission in children and then in the community. The policy is still however highly debated because of controversial evidence. Moreover, the specific mechanisms leading to mitigation are not clearly identified. METHODS: We introduced a stochastic spatial age-specific metapopulation model to assess the role of holiday-associated behavioral changes and how they affect seasonal influenza dynamics. The model is applied to Belgium, parameterized with country-specif…

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