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Influenza Immunization Campaigns: Is an Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure?

  • Courtney Ward

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    (Department of Economics, Dalhousie University)

This study provides causal evidence on the health and economic consequences of a broad-scope vaccination program. The Ontario Influenza Immunization Campaign (introduced in 2001) expanded the scope of vaccine coverage to the full population. By using the timing of this campaign and exogenous variation in vaccine quality, I am able to causally link higher vaccination rates to decreases in lost work-time, hospitalization, and death. Results indicate that, when vaccine quality is high, the campaign resulted in higher gains for Ontario relative to other provinces and in short, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Results also suggest significant positive health externalities for the elderly.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: 15 Mar 2010
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Handle: RePEc:dal:wparch:wardflu.pdf
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