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Vaccine. 2005 Dec 1;23(48-49):5624-31. Epub 2005 Jul 27.

Costs of running a universal adolescent hepatitis B vaccination programme.

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Health Protection Scotland, Clifton House, Clifton Place, Glasgow G3 7LN, UK.


In the first UK study to examine feasibility and acceptability of universal adolescent hepatitis B vaccination, the costs associated with the administration and uptake (80.2 and 89.3% for three doses and at least two doses, respectively), of a three-dose regimen in pupils in Glasgow schools (2001/2002) were measured. These data were used to estimate the economic outlay for the delivery of a routine, ongoing three-dose and two-dose hepatitis B vaccine programme in schools. Vaccine, accounting for almost 70% of the overall costs, was the largest cost item for both the pilot and routine programmes, using either regimen. However, the ongoing, two-dose regimen was the cheapest option in this analysis, irrespective of vaccine price. Cost data from this study may be useful for other countries wishing to implement a similar programme.

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