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Salud Pública de México

versão impressa ISSN 0036-3634

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GUTIERREZ, Juan Pablo  e  BERTOZZI, Stefano M. Influenza vaccination in the elderly population in Mexico: economic considerations. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2005, vol.47, n.3, pp.234-239. ISSN 0036-3634.

OBJECTIVE: To estimate costs and health outcomes that could be attained by an influenza vaccination program in adults 65 years of age and older in Mexico. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between June and October 2004, a model was constructed to estimate the number of life years lost due to influenza and the fraction that could be prevented by vaccination among adults 65 years of age and older. The model also allowed the estimation of the net cost of a vaccination program, including both the cost of delivering the vaccine and savings from prevented infections and their treatment costs. RESULTS: Using two scenarios of vaccine effectiveness, between 7 454 and 11 169 life years could saved by the vaccine if given to all adults 65 years and older in Mexico, with a net cost per life year saved between 13 301 and 21 037 Mexican pesos (about $1 210 and $1 910 US dollars). DISCUSSION: Influenza vaccination among the elderly in Mexico would result in savings per life year saved well below the Mexican gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, suggesting, even without examining alternative uses for these resources, that this is a cost effective intervention in Mexico and probably also in other middle-income developing countries.

Palavras-chave : influenza; cost-benefit analysis; economic analysis; vaccines; Mexico.

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