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Social Contacts and Mixing Patterns Relevant to the Spread of Infectious Diseases

  • Joël Mossong mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: joel.mossong@lns.etat.lu

    Affiliations: Microbiology Unit, Laboratoire National de Santé, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Centre de Recherche Public Santé, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

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  • Niel Hens,

    Affiliation: Center for Statistics, Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium

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  • Mark Jit,

    Affiliation: Modelling and Economics Unit, Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections, London, United Kingdom

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  • Philippe Beutels,

    Affiliation: Unit Health Economic and Modeling Infectious Diseases, Center for the Evaluation of Vaccination, Vaccine & Infectious Disease Institute, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

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  • Kari Auranen,

    Affiliation: Department of Vaccines, National Public Health Institute KTL, Helsinki, Finland

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  • Rafael Mikolajczyk,

    Affiliation: School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

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  • Marco Massari,

    Affiliation: Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

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  • Stefania Salmaso,

    Affiliation: Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

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  • Gianpaolo Scalia Tomba,

    Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

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  • Jacco Wallinga,

    Affiliation: Centre for Infectious Disease Control Netherlands, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands

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  • Janneke Heijne,

    Affiliation: Centre for Infectious Disease Control Netherlands, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands

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  • Malgorzata Sadkowska-Todys,

    Affiliation: National Institute of Hygiene, Warsaw, Poland

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  • Magdalena Rosinska,

    Affiliation: National Institute of Hygiene, Warsaw, Poland

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  • W. John Edmunds

    Affiliation: Modelling and Economics Unit, Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections, London, United Kingdom

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  • Published: March 25, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0050074

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School-ages

Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:33 GMT

Author: Mario Ouwens
Position: Research consultant
Institution: Houten
E-mail: mario.ouwens@mapivalues.com
Submitted Date: December 15, 2008
Published Date: December 15, 2008
This comment was originally posted as a “Reader Response” on the publication date indicated above. All Reader Responses are now available as comments.

Dear authors of this very excellent paper,

Is it possible to obtain the contact matrices where the school-ages are taken into account? Until now, the subdivision in the contact matrix is based on 0-4, 5-9, while these ages are not the ages of the school-system.

Best regards,

Mario

No competing interests declared.