The global value of vaccination

Vaccine. 2003 Jan 30;21(7-8):596-600. doi: 10.1016/s0264-410x(02)00623-0.


While most agree that vaccination is one of the most important public health practices, vaccines continue to be underused and undervalued, and vaccine-preventable diseases remain a threat to world health. Perhaps one reason this gap remains is that decision-making generally is made on a vaccine-by-vaccine basis. There has been less attention to the value of vaccination in general. To more clearly identify this value, this paper reviews the cost-effectiveness literature and calculates the annual benefits of vaccination on a global scale.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Infections / economics
  • Bacterial Infections / mortality
  • Bacterial Infections / prevention & control*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Developed Countries / economics
  • Developed Countries / statistics & numerical data
  • Developing Countries / economics
  • Developing Countries / statistics & numerical data
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • Vaccination / economics*
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data*
  • Virus Diseases / economics
  • Virus Diseases / mortality
  • Virus Diseases / prevention & control*