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Economic Evaluation in Child Health$
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Wendy Ungar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547494.001.0001

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Economic evaluation of childhood vaccines

Economic evaluation of childhood vaccines

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(p.211) Chapter 11 Economic evaluation of childhood vaccines
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Economic Evaluation in Child Health
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Damian G. Walker

Philippe Beutels

Raymond Hutubessy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547494.003.11

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

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