Economic Evaluation of the Routine Childhood Immunization Program in the United States, 2009

This article, published in Pediatrics, presents an economic analysis of the US childhood immunization schedule. The study used population-based vaccination coverage, vaccine efficacy data, historical data on disease incidence before vaccination, and disease incidence data after vaccination to calculate the lifetime economic impact of vaccinating a hypothetical cohort of all US children born in 2009. The researchers found that childhood immunizations in the US prevent 42,000 early deaths and 20 million cases of disease, with a savings of $13.5 billion in direct costs and $68.8 billion in total societal costs in a single cohort.

Author(s): Zhou F, Shefer A, Wenger J, et al.

Published: 2014

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    Citation: Zhou F, Shefer A, Wenger J, et al. Economic Evaluation of the Routine Childhood Immunization Program in the United States, 2009. Pediatrics. 2014; Early online publication.