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Journal of Healthcare Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 5965836, 13 pages
Research Article

An Overview of the 2009 A(H1N1) Pandemic in Europe: Efficiency of the Vaccination and Healthcare Strategies

Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Kadir Has University, 34083 Istanbul, Turkey

Received 1 September 2015; Accepted 11 February 2016

Academic Editor: Mohamad Sawan

Copyright © 2016 Funda Samanlioglu and Ayse Humeyra Bilge. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


2009 A(H1N1) data for 13 European countries obtained from the weekly influenza surveillance overview (WISO) reports of European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in the form of weekly cumulative fatalities are analyzed. The variability of relative fatalities is explained by the health index of analyzed countries. Vaccination and healthcare practices as reported in the literature are used to explain the departures from this model. The timing of the vaccination with respect to the peak of the epidemic and its role in the efficiency of the vaccination is discussed. Simulations are used to show that on-time vaccination reduces considerably the final value of , , but it has little effect on the shape of normalized curve .