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A collaboration between academic engineers and federal epidemiologists has produced a mathematical model that could help vaccine purchasers save millions of dollars in health care costs.
The study, published this month in Health Care Management Science, is aimed at maintaining high childhood immunization rates as additions or expansions to the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule are made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When new vaccine brands and combinations are introduced, purchasers have increasingly difficult decisions to make in terms of maintaining effective and cost-efficient inventories, said the researchers from Virginia Tech and the CDC.
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