March 2009. Volume 5. Number 1

Universal influenza immunization could reduce more the mortality and health care use than the immunization of risk groups

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Kwong JC, Stukel TA, Lim J, McGeer AJ, Upshur RE, Johansen H, et al. The effect of universal influenza immunization on mortality and health care use. PLoS Med. 2008;5:e211
Reviewers: Olivares Grohnert M1, Cuestas Montañés E2.
1Instituto de Nutrición y Tecnología de los Alimentos, Universidad de Chile. Santiago. Región Metropolitana. Chile.
2Servicio de Pediatría y Neonatología. Hospital Privado. Centro Formador. Facultad de Ciencias Médicas. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Córdoba. Argentina.
Correspondence: Manuel Olivares Grohnert. Email: molivare@inta.cl
Reception date: 01/01/2009
Acceptance date: 09/02/2009
Publication date: 12/02/2009

Abstract

Authors' conclusions: Compared to targeted programs in other provinces, the introduction of universal vaccination in Ontario (Canada) in 2000 was associated to a relative reduction in influenza-associated mortality and health care use. The results of this large-scale natural experiment suggest that universal vaccination could be an effective public health measure in order to reduce the annual burden of influenza.

Reviewers' comantary: This study has some limitations that could limit the generalization of its results. The bigger effectiveness of universal influenza immunization should be corroborated by experimental studies. On the other hand, it is necessary to know the cost-effectiveness of this strategy.

How to cite this article

Olivares Grohnert M, Cuestas E. La inmunización universal antigripal podría reducir más la mortalidad y la utilización de los servicios de salud que la inmunización focalizada a grupos de riesgo. EvidPediatr. 2009;5:18.

AVC | Critically appraised articles

Kwong JC, Stukel TA, Lim J, McGeer AJ, Upshur RE, Johansen H, et al. The effect of universal influenza immunization on mortality and health care use. PLoS Med. 2008;5:e211
Reviewers: Olivares Grohnert M1, Cuestas Montañés E2.
1Instituto de Nutrición y Tecnología de los Alimentos, Universidad de Chile. Santiago. Región Metropolitana. Chile.
2Servicio de Pediatría y Neonatología. Hospital Privado. Centro Formador. Facultad de Ciencias Médicas. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Córdoba. Argentina.
Correspondence: Manuel Olivares Grohnert. Email: molivare@inta.cl
Reception date: 01/01/2009
Acceptance date: 09/02/2009
Publication date: 12/02/2009

How to cite this article

Olivares Grohnert M, Cuestas E. La inmunización universal antigripal podría reducir más la mortalidad y la utilización de los servicios de salud que la inmunización focalizada a grupos de riesgo. EvidPediatr. 2009;5:18.

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