Immunization is one of the most successful public health achievements of the 20th Century. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated in a 2015 report that, based on data of children born between 1994 and 2013, vaccination prevents about 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes. This provides an estimated net savings of $295 billion in direct costs and $1.4 trillion in total societal costs. Annually, two to three million lives are saved worldwide due to vaccinations, a number that could double with increased support and funding.
Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, one of the deadliest diseases known to mankind from the face of the earth. Efforts to eradicate polio, a highly infectious disease that invades the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis in a matter of hours, have been so successful that as of September 2015 only two countries continue to report cases, Afghanistan and Pakistan. (In late September 2015 the World Health Organization announced that polio was no longer endemic in Nigeria leaving only two countries where polio remains endemic, Afghanistan and Pakistan)
Worldwide eradication of polio by 2018 is a top priority of global health leaders, including ECBT.
Vaccine programs continue to be underfunded by Congress, despite their enormous cost savings. Please join ECBT and our 317 Coalition to learn more about how to contact members of Congress to request funding for vaccines programs in the U.S.
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Vaccines are one the most cost effective health interventions known to man. For every $1 spent on each of the eleven vaccines given routinely to children, our country saves $10.1 in medical costs. More...