Title
The health and economic burden of rotavirus disease in Belgium The health and economic burden of rotavirus disease in Belgium
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Berlin ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
European journal of pediatrics. - Berlin
Volume/pages
167(2008) :12 , p. 1409-1419
ISSN
0340-6199
ISI
000260182700010
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
For health economic evaluations of rotavirus vaccination, estimates of the health and cost burden of rotavirus are required. Due to differences in health care systems and surveillance organisations, this is difficult to achieve by imputing estimates from one country to others. This study aimed to estimate the burden of rotavirus disease in Belgium. In children younger than 7 years of age, rotavirus is predicted to account annually for about 5,600 hospitalisations (676:100,000 children); 26,800 outpatient, general practitioner and paediatrician visits; and about 44,600 episodes for which no medical care is sought. This burden is estimated to represent direct costs of 7.7 million and indirect costs of 12.8 million . Rotavirus disease causes a substantial health and economic burden in Belgium.
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