Enhanced vaccine control of epidemics in adaptive networks

Leah B. Shaw and Ira B. Schwartz
arXiv:0907.5539v1 [q-bio.PE], 2009

We study vaccine control for disease spread on an adaptive network modeling disease avoidance behavior. Control is implemented by adding Poisson distributed vaccination of susceptibles. We show that vaccine control is much more effective in adaptive networks than in static networks due to an interaction between the adaptive network rewiring and the vaccine application. Disease extinction rates using vaccination are computed, and orders of magnitude less vaccine application is needed to drive the disease to extinction in an adaptive network than in a static one.

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