European Journal of Pediatrics vol:167 issue:12 pages:1409-19
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 Euro and indirect costs of 12.8 million Euro. Rotavirus disease causes a substantial health and economic burden in Belgium.