Varicella is the most widespread childhood disease in Italy. However, as in many parts of the world, the country does not yet have a unified approach to the management of the disease. A cost-effectiveness analysis of varicella vaccination strategies, using the Latium region in Italy as a case study, was undertaken. Mass vaccination is only recommended if the immunization programme can achieve coverage of over 85% in a short time. However, experience in Italy with non-compulsory vaccinations has shown this is difficult to achieve. Consequently, eradication of the disease is not seen as an attainable short-term goal. For mass varicella vaccination to be successful, it must be run at a national as well as regional level in combination with education programmes, and a reliable surveillance system. The interaction between varicella and herpes zoster must also be taken into account when considering vaccination strategies, as zoster vaccination strategies may have an impact on varicella coverage.

Gialloreti, L., Divizia, M., Pica, F., Volpi, A. (2005). Analysis of the cost-effectiveness of varicella vaccine programmes based on an observational survey in the Latium region of Italy. HERPES, 12(2), 33-37.

Analysis of the cost-effectiveness of varicella vaccine programmes based on an observational survey in the Latium region of Italy

DIVIZIA, MAURIZIO;PICA, FRANCESCA;VOLPI, ANTONIO
2005

Abstract

Varicella is the most widespread childhood disease in Italy. However, as in many parts of the world, the country does not yet have a unified approach to the management of the disease. A cost-effectiveness analysis of varicella vaccination strategies, using the Latium region in Italy as a case study, was undertaken. Mass vaccination is only recommended if the immunization programme can achieve coverage of over 85% in a short time. However, experience in Italy with non-compulsory vaccinations has shown this is difficult to achieve. Consequently, eradication of the disease is not seen as an attainable short-term goal. For mass varicella vaccination to be successful, it must be run at a national as well as regional level in combination with education programmes, and a reliable surveillance system. The interaction between varicella and herpes zoster must also be taken into account when considering vaccination strategies, as zoster vaccination strategies may have an impact on varicella coverage.
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Settore MED/07 - Microbiologia e Microbiologia Clinica
Settore MED/17 - Malattie Infettive
English
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Herpes Zoster; Anti-Infective Agents; Acyclovir; Viral Vaccines; Analgesics, Non-Narcotic; Humans; Cost-Benefit Analysis; Histamine H1 Antagonists; Chickenpox; Vaccination; Italy; Health Care Costs
PMID:16209858
Gialloreti, L., Divizia, M., Pica, F., Volpi, A. (2005). Analysis of the cost-effectiveness of varicella vaccine programmes based on an observational survey in the Latium region of Italy. HERPES, 12(2), 33-37.
Gialloreti, L; Divizia, M; Pica, F; Volpi, A
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