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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 6 No. 1 (January 2014)

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Influenza Vaccination Campaigns: Is an Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure?

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Ward, Courtney J. 2014. "Influenza Vaccination Campaigns: Is an Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure?" American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 6(1): 38-72.

DOI: 10.1257/app.6.1.38

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This paper estimates the overall impact and externality effects of an influenza vaccination program expanding coverage outside the typical target group. Using a triple-difference design, which exploits the introduction of a broad based vaccination program in Ontario and the quality of the vaccine from year to year, I link higher vaccination to health improvements. Results indicate coverage expansion leads to large excess gains for program-regions; benefits exhibit decreasing returns corresponding to a standard model of disease dynamics; and substantial external benefits accrue to older adults.

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Ward, Courtney J. (Dalhousie U)

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H75: State and Local Government: Health; Education; Welfare; Public Pensions
I12: Health Production
I18: Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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