Cost of Vaccine for Children Program from Center for Disease Control and Prevention According to Brandname
Background. The role of health cost
in vaccination programmes cannot be overemphasized: it has contributed significantly
to creating and sustaining demand for vaccination services and improving vaccination
coverage. In Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), numerous cost approaches
have been deployed but these interventions are not without challenges. We therefore
aimed to compare the CDC cost of vaccine according to brand name and find out which
manufacturer produces the most expensive and the cheapest vaccine.
Methods. We used a quantitative approach and conducted a comparative study
using the 5 manufacturers published on CDC website:
Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer, Grifols and their vaccine brand
names respectively. We identified cost of each vaccine for children program for
September 2019 form CDC website. We also reviewed relevant documents. Secondary
Data generated were analyzed manually because the data was small.
CDC cost for all the vaccine for children program are cheaper than the private sector
cost. The cheapest vaccine is Hiberix manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline for both CDC
and private sector cost ($9.46 and $ 10.85). The most expensive vaccine is Gardasil
manufactured by Merck for both CDC and private cost ($178.14 and $217.11).
Conclusions. It is important to realize that health is wealth and a healthy nation is
a wealthy nation! For every $1 spent on childhood vaccinations, United State
of America saves $10.90. And CDC estimates that for the vaccination of
children born between 1994 and 2018 has saved the U.S. nearly $406 billion in direct
medical costs and $1.88 trillion in total society costs.
Keywords: VACCINE, COST, CDC, Sanofi
Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer, Grifols.
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