When to vaccinate a fluctuating wildlife population: is timing everything?

When to vaccinate a fluctuating wildlife population: is timing everything?

By: Courtney Schreiner    Email:  schr5461@vandals.uidaho.edu

Home Town: Kennewick, Washington    High School: Kennewick High School

Major: Math:Applied-Mathematical Biol
Department: Mathematics
College: College of Science

Importance of

vaccine timing

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Investigating how important timing of vaccination is

Hi All!
I am an Undergrad working in Scott Nuismer’s lab. Here in Scott’s lab we use mathematics to investigate disease dynamics and how we can help prevent the further spread of diseases. Recently, I finished a project along with Andrew Basinski, a post doc in Scott’s lab. This project aimed to discover if timing of vaccination matters in wildlife populations. Specifically, does timing matter in populations that drastically change in size throughout the year. This study could be important in implementing vaccination campaigns in applications where vaccines/resources are limited.
We found through mathematical modeling that timing of vaccination does indeed matter and the optimal time appears to be at the end of the hosts breeding season. This is due to the fact that the probability of vaccinating individuals is highest when the population is biggest. If you vaccinate too early, then susceptible individuals will be introduced into the population and be at risk of infection. Vaccinate too late, and most of the population may have already been infected. Read more in my paper here.

About Courtney Schreiner

I am from Kennewick Washington, and I am a senior at U of I majoring in Mathematical Biology. I work in Dr. Scott Nuismer's Lab. I am interested in using mathematics to investigate spillover emergence of infectious diseases.


Products Produced:

Type: Title: Date Published/Presented: DOI:
Publication When to vaccinate a fluctuating wildlife population: Is timing everything? November 16, 2019 https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13539

Additional Project Information:

Year in College Project Started:  Sophomore

Faculty Advisor:   Scott  Nuismer

Faculty Advisor Email:   snuismer@uidaho.edu

Faculty Advisor Website:   https://www.leeef.org/

Funding Source:  National Science Foundation

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Comments: 1

  1. Zoë Lorraine Wilson says:

    Your project sounds really interesting! And congrats on being a first author on your paper as undergrad, that’s amazing!

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