Economic evaluation of childhood vaccines

Damian G. Walker, Philippe Beutels and Raymond Hutubessy

in Economic Evaluation in Child Health

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547494
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720055 | DOI:
 Economic evaluation of childhood vaccines

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The last twenty years have seen an explosion in the number of new vaccines for children. This chapter identifies and discusses the factors that influence the cost-effectiveness of childhood vaccines, including the perspective of the evaluation, the time frame and analytic horizon, the discount rate, the choice of outcome measure, and the price per dose. It then considers some of the main challenges in undertaking economic evaluations of these technologies such as vaccination-specific costing issues and modeling the impact of vaccines. It discusses the use of cost-effectiveness evidence in immunization policy decision-making, and examines other criteria to consider when making such decisions.

Keywords: childhood; vaccine; cost-effectiveness; costing; modeling; decision-making; immunization policy

Chapter.  6631 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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