Vaccination Take-Up and Health: Evidence from a Flu Vaccination Program for the Elderly

40 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2020

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Ylenia Brilli

European University Institute - Economics Department (ECO)

Claudio Lucifora

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Antonio Giampiero Russo

Agency for Health Protection of the Metropolitan Area of Milan - Epidemiology Unit

Marco Tonello

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

Abstract

We analyze the effects of a vaccination program providing free flu vaccine to individuals aged 65 or more on take-up behavior and hospitalization. Using both administrative and survey data, we implement a regression discontinuity design around the threshold at age 65, and find that the effect of the program on take-up ranges between 70% and 90% of the average vaccination rate for individuals aged less than 65. We show that this effect is not entirely driven by an income channel, but also depends on the expected benefits of vaccination. The analysis on health outcomes shows that the program reduces the likelihood of emergency hospitalization.

Keywords: public health, influenza, vaccination, health prevention policies

JEL Classification: I12, I18, J10

Suggested Citation

brilli, ylenia and Lucifora, Claudio and Russo, Antonio Giampiero and Tonello, Marco, Vaccination Take-Up and Health: Evidence from a Flu Vaccination Program for the Elderly. IZA Discussion Paper No. 13546, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3665106

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Antonio Giampiero Russo

Agency for Health Protection of the Metropolitan Area of Milan - Epidemiology Unit ( email )

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Marco Tonello

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

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