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. 2007 Aug 21;25(34):6348-58.
doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2007.06.015. Epub 2007 Jun 29.

Burden of Paediatric Rotavirus Gastroenteritis and Potential Benefits of a Universal Rotavirus Vaccination Programme With RotaTeq in France

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Burden of Paediatric Rotavirus Gastroenteritis and Potential Benefits of a Universal Rotavirus Vaccination Programme With RotaTeq in France

Frédéric Huet et al. Vaccine. .

Abstract

This study aimed at estimating the paediatric RotaVirus GastroEnteritis (RVGE) burden in children aged up to 5 years, and at evaluating health and economic benefits of a universal infant vaccination with a pentavalent rotavirus vaccine, in France. A decision analytic model was constructed considering a cohort of French children from birth to 5 years old. In the absence of a universal rotavirus immunisation programme, the model predicts that of every new French birth cohort, 336,738 children would present a RVGE case, which would result in 33,386 hospitalisations, 14 deaths and more than 279,000 work days lost for the parents. The management of these RVGE cases would cost 63 million euro to the National Healthcare Payer and would reach up to 117 million euro when all indirect costs were included. The introduction of a universal rotavirus vaccination would avoid 249,400 RVGE cases and consequently about 25,700 hospitalisations, 6000 nosocomial infections, 81,200 emergency visits, 39,900 general practitioner or paediatrician consultations, 11 deaths and 206,700 parental work days lost. RVGE total costs would be reduced by 47 million euro for the National Healthcare Payer and by 88 million euro from the Societal perspective. Therefore, a routine universal rotavirus vaccination programme represents an opportunity to significantly reduce the high paediatric RVGE burden in France.

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