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 –

“Probability & the Birthday Paradox,” by Science Buddies –

Pneumonia and Influenza Mortality Surveillance from the National Center for Health Statistics Mortality Surveillance System –
“Exponential Growth Isn’t Cool. Combinatorial Growth Is,” by Tor Bair –

Varicella in Infants After Implementation of the US Varicella Vaccination Program (Chaves et al, 2011) –

“Combinatorial Explosions Explained,” by Hexawise –

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