Journal Article

Pneumococcal Vaccination and Pneumonia: Even a Low Level of Clinical Effectiveness Is Highly Cost-Effective

A. Ament, D. S. Fedson and P. Christie

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue 12, pages 2078-2079
Published in print December 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/324356
Pneumococcal Vaccination and Pneumonia: Even a Low Level of Clinical Effectiveness Is Highly Cost-Effective

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Most studies of the cost-effectiveness of pneumococcal vaccination show very favorable cost-effectiveness ratios for preventing pneumococcal pneumonia, but they make the controversial assumption that vaccination is equally effective in preventing bacteremic (BPP) and nonbacteremic (NBPP) pneumonia. However, the results of our study showed that, compared with preventing BPP alone, the cost-effectiveness of pneumococcal vaccination increased substantially even when only a small proportion of additional cases of NBPP were prevented.

Journal Article.  1066 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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