Korean J Pediatr Infect Dis.  2008 May;15(1):19-28. 10.14776/kjpid.2008.15.1.19.

Economic evaluation of v accinations - a methodologic review

  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, Medical College, Korea University, Seoul, Korea. chun@korea.ac.kr


The basis of the economic evaluation of vaccination is the balance between the use of the resources (input) and the improvements that result from the vaccination (output). Techniques used for economic evaluation of vaccination are cost analysis, cost-minimization analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-utility analysis and cost-benefit analysis. Cost analysis seeks to characterize the costs of a given vaccination program. Cost-effective analysis is to helps policy-makers decide on the best use of allocated resources, whether cost-benefit analysis is to helps policy-makers decide on the overall allocation of resources. Cost-utility analysis is a specific form of cost-effective analysis in which outcomes are reduced to a common denominator such as the quality-adjusted life year (QALY) or disability-adjusted life year (DALY). Many economic analyses have been conducted on vaccines in the world, but there have been a little studies on economic evaluation on vaccines in Korea. This paper reviewed the methodology used to economic evaluation on vaccines and immunizations and addressed some examples of the methods.


Cost analysis; Cost-effective analysis; Cost-benefit analysis; Vaccine; Economic evaluation
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