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Maternal Influenza Immunization in Malawi: Piloting a Maternal Influenza Immunization Program Costing Tool by Examining a Prospective Program

This article, published in PLoS ONE, reports the results of a study to estimate the financial and economic costs associated with a prospective maternal influenza immunization program in a low-income country using a new maternal immunization costing tool. The tool was designed to help low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) plan for maternal influenza immunization programs that differ from infant vaccination programs due to differences in the target population and potential differences in delivery strategy or venue. The authors found that, in some scenarios, the incremental delivery cost of a maternal influenza immunization program may be as low as some estimates of childhood vaccination programs, assuming the routine childhood immunization and antenatal care systems are capable of serving as the platform for an additional vaccination program. However, purchasing the vaccine at the prices assumed in this analysis could be a challenge for some countries. These results should be considered as a starting point to understanding the costs of maternal immunization programs in LMICs.

Author: Pecenka C, Munthali S, Chunga P, et al.

Published: 2017

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(Located at journals.plos.org)

Citation: Pecenka C, Munthali S, Chunga P, et al. Maternal Influenza Immunization in Malawi: Piloting a Maternal Influenza Immunization Program Costing Tool by Examining a Prospective Program. PLoS ONE. 2017;12(12):e0190006.

Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal

Diseases/vaccines: Influenza

Topics: Immunization financing, Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Africa