Author(s): Fairbrother G, Cassedy A, OrtegaSanchez IR, Szilagyi PG, Edwards KM,
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Abstract This study determined direct medical costs for influenza-associated hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits. For 3 influenza seasons, children <5 years of age with laboratory-confirmed influenza were identified through population-based surveillance. The mean direct cost per hospitalized child was $5402, with annual cost burden estimated at $44 to $163 million. Factors associated with high-cost hospitalizations included intensive care unit (ICU) admission and having an underlying high-risk condition. The mean medical cost per ED visit was $512, with annual ED cost burden estimated at $62 to $279 million. Implementation of the current vaccination policies will likely reduce the cost burden. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Vaccine
and referenced in Internal Medicine: Open Access