Cost-effectiveness of adjuvanted versus nonadjuvanted influenza vaccine in adult hemodialysis patients

Bruce Y. Lee, Randy M. Stalter, Kristina M. Bacon, Julie H.Y. Tai, Rachel R. Bailey, Shanta M. Zimmer, Michael M. Wagner

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Background: Currently more than 340,000 individuals are receiving long-term hemodialysis (HD) therapy for end-stage renal disease and therefore are particularly vulnerable to influenza, prone to more severe influenza outcomes, and less likely to achieve seroprotection from standard influenza vaccines. Influenza vaccine adjuvants, chemical or biologic compounds added to a vaccine to boost the elicited immunologic response, may help overcome this problem. Study Design: Economic stochastic decision analytic simulation model. Setting & Participants: US adult HD population. Model, Perspective, & Timeframe: The model simulated the decision to use either an adjuvanted or nonadjuvanted vaccine, assumed the societal perspective, and represented a single influenza season, or 1 year. Intervention: Adjuvanted influenza vaccine at different adjuvant costs and efficacies. Sensitivity analyses explored the impact of varying influenza clinical attack rate, influenza hospitalization rate, and influenza-related mortality. Outcomes: Incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of adjuvanted influenza vaccine (vs nonadjuvanted) with effectiveness measured in quality-adjusted life-years. Results: Adjuvanted influenza vaccine would be cost-effective (incremental cost-effectiveness ratio <$50,000/quality- adjusted life-year) at a $1 adjuvant cost (on top of the standard vaccine cost) when adjuvant efficacy (in overcoming the difference between influenza vaccine response in HD patients and healthy adults) <60% and economically dominant (provides both cost savings and health benefits) when the $1 adjuvant's efficacy is 100%. A $2 adjuvant would be cost-effective if adjuvant efficacy was 100%. Limitations: All models are simplifications of real life and cannot capture all possible factors and outcomes. Conclusions: Adjuvanted influenza vaccine with adjuvant cost ≤$2 could be a cost-effective strategy in a standard influenza season depending on the potency of the adjuvant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)724-732
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Influenza vaccine
  • computer model
  • computer simulation
  • cost-effectiveness
  • end-stage renal disease
  • hemodialysis
  • immunodeficiency
  • seasonal influenza
  • vaccine adjuvant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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