The financial burden of an influenza outbreak in a small rehabilitation centre

Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2020 Jan;14(1):72-76. doi: 10.1111/irv.12696. Epub 2019 Oct 25.

Abstract

We report an influenza outbreak in a 75-bed rehabilitation centre and present the detailed microeconomic impact that it had during the season 2016/2017. The direct medical, direct non-medical and indirect costs were calculated. The outbreak included 18 patients with influenza and 8 contact patients, leading to 86 days with isolation precautions. During the outbreak month, 25 (15%) employees were absent from work for 89 days (mean 3.6 days, SD ± 1.8), and during the entire influenza season 33 for 175 (5.3 ± SD 4.6) days, respectively. The economic burden related to the outbreak was 114 373 CHF (106 890 €, 112 131 $).

Keywords: cost-of-illness; disease burden; economic burden; influenza; influenza outbreak; productivity.

MeSH terms

  • Cost of Illness*
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Hospitalization / economics
  • Humans
  • Influenza, Human / economics
  • Influenza, Human / epidemiology*
  • Rehabilitation Centers / economics*
  • Rehabilitation Centers / statistics & numerical data
  • Switzerland