Journal Article

Economic Evaluation of Immunization Strategies

Charles D. Ericsson, Robert Steffen, Silvia M. Ess and Thomas D. Szucs

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 35, issue 3, pages 294-297
Published in print August 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online August 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI:
Economic Evaluation of Immunization Strategies

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Resources used to provide health care are vast but not limitless. When clinicians are asked to participate in decisions for large groups of patients (in a managed care context, in an institution, or at the level of local health authorities), the balance between consumption of resources and the benefits of an intervention is important. Clinicians may use cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit studies to inform such decisions (but not to make them). Because of differences in methods, the presentation of results, and country-specific parameters, economic evaluations of the same vaccination strategy by different groups may have divergent results. In this article, we review methodologic issues, limitations, and ethical considerations related to economic evaluations of immunization strategies, focusing on immunizations associated with travel.

Journal Article.  2650 words. 

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

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