THUNK – 155. Combinatorial Explosion & Flu Shots

Influenza isn’t complex, but it uses the insane growth rate of f(x) = x! , one of the fastest-growing functions out there. The greatest benefit of the #flushot isn’t keeping *you* healthy, it’s retarding that combinatorial explosion enough to save lives. Get one.

-Links for the Curious-

“Vaccinations & Herd Immunity,” by Health Care Triage – www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuiHFg_nfnE

“Probability & the Birthday Paradox,” by Science Buddies – https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bring-science-home-probability-birthday-paradox/

Pneumonia and Influenza Mortality Surveillance from the National Center for Health Statistics Mortality Surveillance System – gis.cdc.gov/grasp/fluview/mortality.html
“Exponential Growth Isn’t Cool. Combinatorial Growth Is,” by Tor Bair – medium.com/@TorBair/exponential-growth-isn-t-cool-combinatorial-growth-is-85a0b1fdb6a5

Varicella in Infants After Implementation of the US Varicella Vaccination Program (Chaves et al, 2011) – pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/11/22/peds.2011-0017

“Combinatorial Explosions Explained,” by Hexawise – www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_-gKrxMUcw

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