Research Article: Economic Appraisal of Ontario’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program: A Cost-Utility Analysis

Date Published: April 6, 2010

Publisher: Public Library of Science

Author(s): Beate Sander, Jeffrey C. Kwong, Chris T. Bauch, Andreas Maetzel, Allison McGeer, Janet M. Raboud, Murray Krahn, Joshua A. Salomon

Abstract: Beate Sander and colleagues assess the cost-effectiveness of the program that provides free seasonal influenza vaccines to the entire population of Ontario, Canada.

Partial Text: Worldwide, annual epidemics of influenza cause significant morbidity and mortality and impose a considerable economic burden on society in terms of health care costs and lost productivity [1].

An economic evaluation was performed to estimate health outcomes and costs related to universal vaccination compared to the hypothetical continuation of a targeted program for the entire population of Ontario (12.16 million).

Our analysis suggests that Ontario’s UIIP is economically attractive. UIIP reduces the number of influenza cases and deaths and reduces health services resource use. The additional costs of UIIP are partly (39%) offset by savings in health care costs. Compared to TIIP, UIIP is cost-effective at an ICUR of $10,797 per QALY gained.

Source:

http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1000256

 

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