The cost of dog vaccination campaigns following a central-point vaccination strategy (which is the most cost-effective strategy) typically ranges between $1.19 - 4.27 US  per dog vaccinated in a range of rural and urban settings as shown in these studies. This includes consumable costs (vaccine, syringes, needles, certificates, registers, collars, stationery), delivery (staff costs, transport), storage (fridges, cool boxes), and societal costs (days of work lost). Costs of house-to-house vaccination campaigns tend to be more expensive and vary widely between different communities, but may be necessary in some situations to reach sufficient vaccination coverage. There may be opportunities to reduce costs, for example, through involvement of volunteers or community assistants in the vaccination campaign (described here), and careful consideration of logistics and transport costs. Well planned synchronized campaigns (described here) may also reduce costs.
It is important that costs are accurately recorded so that cost-benefit analyses of the campaign can be conducted at a later date.
- Photo courtesy of the Serengeti Carnivore Disease Project