About ImmunizationEconomics.org

MISSION

ImmunizationEconomics.org is an online platform that serves as a resource for organizations and individuals involved in the field of immunization economics, to connect and create a global community for them to share information, ideas, and research to aid the advancement of the field.

Background

Immunization Economics is an information-sharing online platform. It connects thousands dedicated to the field of study relating to the cost, financing, sustainability, efficiency, and value of immunizations throughout the world. It does so through publications on the web platform, routine newsletter, social media outreach, and in-person convenings.

The site was originally created in 2015 as part of the EPIC project with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With new stakeholders and interests from the community, the platform has evolved into an audience-facing platform that it is today, making information readily used. The aim of the platform is to act as a resource for organizations and individuals involved in the field of immunization economics, including experts and policy-makers, and to create a connected global community for sharing resources, ideas, information, and research to aid in the advancement of the field.

Resource requirements for immunizations have rapidly increased in the last decade with the introduction of costly new vaccines. Accurate information on the cost, financing, sustainability, efficiency, and value of immunizations are essential for strategic planning and program management. The field of immunization economics includes extensive global research, and scientists and experts carry out similar research in different areas of the world. By coming together to compare and share knowledge and research, outcomes and lessons learned, experts can stay up to date with the latest developments in research on immunization economics .

Collaboration enables expansion and makes it possible to identify best practices in associated research methodologies and policy implementation. Any organization or individual working in the field of immunization economics can contribute findings, opportunities, calls to action, or any other relevant information to the website or newsletter through an online submission portal. This collaborative information is distributed to the growing online and field community, to our community of practice of over 1,100 individuals from over 250 organizations.


home office

IMMUNIZATION ECONOMICS

 

Director of PUBLIC AFFAIRS:

Christian Suharlim, MD, MPH
csuharlim@mail.harvard.edu

Center for Health Decision Science
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
718 Huntington Ave, Boston MA 02115

 
 

a web partnership of the following projects:

EPIC STUDIES

Center for Health Decision Science
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
718 Huntington Ave, Boston MA 02115
epic@hsph.harvard.edu

Value of Vaccination Research Network

Department of Global Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
677 Huntington Ave 12th fl, Boston MA 02115 vovrninfo@hsph.harvard.edu

Teaching Vaccine Economics Everywhere

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N Wolfe St
Baltimore, MD 21205
shreena.malaviya@jhu.edu

Immunization Costing Action Network

ThinkWell
1875 Connecticut Ave NW 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
ICAN@thinkwell.global

Immunization Financing Resource Guide

Results for Development
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
info@r4d.org

Decade of Vaccine Economics

International Vaccine Access Center
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
415 N Washington Street 5th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21231
gdebroucker@jhu.edu


FAQ

What is Immunization Economics?

Immunization economics is the field of study relating to the costing, financing, sustainability, efficiency, and value of immunization. This includes the cost of delivering immunization programs, the cost of vaccine preventable illnesses, the broader value of immunization (such as reduced antibiotic resistance, improved income potential, estimating the cost of introducing new vaccines, and the cost of financing comprehensive immunization programs for specific areas of the world.

Where does the information on the website come from?

The information on ImmunizationEconomics.org is compiled through submissions from individuals and organizations within the field. Current news updates from these sources are highlighted monthly on the home page, and then housed in archives on the site. Additionally, a section of the site is dedicated to contributions by six key collaborators who provide specific projects that are housed solely on the website and provide resources and tools for the community

How often are projects and new information added?

Current news contributions are updated on a monthly basis, posting on the second Tuesday of each month. The core resource components contributed by the key collaborators are updated as the projects progress or as new findings or updates become relevant.

How can I share information from my research?

Submissions are welcome by any individual or organization working in the field of immunization economics. Submissions can be made online here. Submissions should be made by the fourth Friday of the month to be considered for inclusion in the next email newsletter and news update. 

Who are the current partners?

The six key collaborators include the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (EPIC Immunization Costing studies and the Value of Vaccination Research Network), Johns Hopkins University (Teaching Vaccine Economics Everywhere and the Decade of Vaccine Economics), ThinkWell Global (Immunization Costing Action Network), and Results for Development (Immunization Financing Resource Guide). 

How large is the community? 

The community of practice includes over 1,100 subscribers from more than 250 organizations as of fall of 2018