About the Authors

Simon Cauchemez

s.cauchemez@imperial.ac.uk

Affiliation MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Scott Epperson

Affiliation Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Matthew Biggerstaff

Affiliation Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

David Swerdlow

Affiliation Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Lyn Finelli

Affiliation Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Neil M. Ferguson

Affiliation MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Competing Interests

SC received consulting fees from Sanofi Pasteur MSD for a project on the modelling of varicella zoster virus transmission. The authors declare no other competing interests.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SC SE MB DS LF NMF. Performed the experiments: SC SE MB LF. Analyzed the data: SC SE MB. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: SC. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: SC SE MB DS LF NMF. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: SC SE MB DS LF NMF. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: SC SE MB DS LF NMF.