Economic evaluations of hepatitis A vaccination in middle-income countries

Auliya A Suwantika, Selen Yegenoglu, Arthorn Riewpaiboon, Hong-Anh T Tu, Maarten J Postma

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    Economic evaluations of hepatitis A vaccination are important to assist national and international policy makers in different jurisdictions on making effective decisions. Up to now, a comprehensive review of the potential health and economic benefits on hepatitis A vaccination in middle-income countries (MICs) has not been performed yet. In this study, we reviewed the literature on the cost-effectiveness of hepatitis A vaccination in MICs. Most of the studies confirmed that hepatitis A vaccination was cost effective or even cost saving under certain conditions. We found that vaccine price, medical costs, incidence and discount rate were the most influential parameters on the sensitivity analyses. Vaccine price has been shown as a barrier for MICs in implementing universal vaccination of hepatitis A. Given their relatively limited financial resources, implementation of single-dose vaccination could be considered. Despite our findings, we argue that further economic evaluations in MICs are still required in the near future.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1479-1494
    Number of pages16
    JournalExpert review of vaccines
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - Dec-2013


    • Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • Developing Countries
    • Hepatitis A
    • Hepatitis A Vaccines
    • Humans
    • Vaccination

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