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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 8 (1997), Issue 5, Pages 257-264
Original Article

Economic Benefits of a Routine Second Dose of Combined Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine in Canada

Marc Rivière, Roma Tretiak, Carey Levinton, Catherine Fitzsimon, and Caroline Leclerc

Quintiles Canada Inc, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Received 27 September 1996; Accepted 13 March 1997

Copyright © 1997 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the potential economic benefits of a program for a second routine dose of combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, administered to children in Canada.

DESIGN: Both published and unpublished data from the United States and Canada were incorporated into a linear model. This information was supplemented with opinions on probability and resource use from interviews with a Canadian panel of physicians and practitioners. The province of Quebec was used as a model for resource use and costs.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data were based on a vaccination program for Canadian children at 18 months, with an estimated annual birth cohort of 400,000. Further data were also collected for the lifetime costs of complications arising from these diseases or from vaccination, for both patients and family caregivers.

OUTCOME MEASURES: Outcomes were reviewed from the perspectives of a provincial ministry of health (direct medical costs) and of society (all direct and indirect medical and nonmedical costs).

RESULTS: It was estimated that a second dose of MMR vaccine administered at 18 months of age would prevent 9200 cases of measles, 6120 cases of mumps and 1960 cases of rubella, producing a savings of $6.34 for every dollar spent from the ministry of health perspective, and $3.25 from the societal perspective.

CONCLUSIONS: A routine second dose immunization with MMR vaccine would result in considerable cost savings in Canada.