CSU 37/2008: QUERY TO READERS/READER FEEDBACK/EPI TRAINING
|Tuesday, 9th of September 2008|
Reader feedback on our previous week's posting
‘In your recent posting you refer to hepatitis B vaccine as an "inexpensive vaccine". I would suggest that in countries such as the UK, somehow, this vaccine may still be relatively expensive and therefore making it seem relatively less cost-effective to introduce.
The Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board held a meeting in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, November 17-18, 2005 called "Can the United Kingdom control viral hepatitis?" Documents from this meeting are available at the organization's website(http://www.vhpb.org/). In a presentation on "economic aspects" which as we know, play an important part in decision making, it was interesting to see that the government's model was based
on the cost of a singe pediatric dose of hepatitis B vaccine (not including administration costs of seem to be an important part of 5 British pounds (almost 9 USD at that time). This translated to 35-40 times the UNICEF WAP price (below 0.25 USD at that time).
Perhaps it is time for lower prices even in richer countries so that all children can benefit from the first vaccine against cancer.
Steven Wiersma, MD, MPH
Medical Officer, Hepatitis Prevention
World Health Organization
3) Free Online Training Materials
The Global Bureau of USAID has developed a series of short
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(For ease of reference, the book Immunization Essentials itself is
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