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The benefits to all of ensuring equal and timely access to influenza vaccines in poor communities

Lee, BY and Brown, ST and Bailey, RR and Zimmerman, RK and Potter, MA and McGlone, SM and Cooley, PC and Grefenstette, JJ and Zimmer, SM and Wheaton, WD and Quinn, SC and Voorhees, RE and Burke, DS (2011) The benefits to all of ensuring equal and timely access to influenza vaccines in poor communities. Health Affairs, 30 (6). 1141 - 1150. ISSN 0278-2715

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When influenza vaccines are in short supply, allocating vaccines equitably among different jurisdictions can be challenging. But justice is not the only reason to ensure that poorer counties have the same access to influenza vaccines as do wealthier ones. Using a detailed computer simulation model of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region, we found that limiting or delaying vaccination of residents of poorer counties could raise the total number of influenza infections and the number of new infections per day at the peak of an epidemic throughout the region-even in the wealthier counties that had received more timely and abundant vaccine access. Among other underlying reasons, poorer counties tend to have high-density populations and more children and other higher-risk people per household, resulting in more interactions and both increased transmission of influenza and greater risk for worse influenza outcomes. Thus, policy makers across the country, in poor and wealthy areas alike, have an incentive to ensure that poorer residents have equal access to vaccines. © 2011 Project HOPE-The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lee, BYbyl1@pitt.eduBYL1
Brown, ST
Bailey, RR
Zimmerman, RKzimmer@pitt.eduZIMMER
McGlone, SM
Cooley, PC
Grefenstette, JJgref@pitt.eduGREF
Zimmer, SMzimmersm@pitt.eduZIMMERSM
Wheaton, WD
Quinn, SC
Voorhees, RE
Burke, DSdonburke@pitt.eduDONBURKE
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Public Health Practice
Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Vaccine Research
Date: 1 June 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Health Affairs
Volume: 30
Number: 6
Page Range: 1141 - 1150
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1377/hlthaff.2010.0778
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Epidemiology
School of Medicine > Biomedical Informatics
School of Medicine > Medicine
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0278-2715
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 19:49
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 16:57


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