Facts

Vaccines have been hailed as one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. Nearly 20 million cases of infectious diseases and 42,000 deaths are averted every year in the United States through timely vaccination.

Vaccines are the most economical 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 by averting costs to treat diseases.

Vaccines and Diseases

Following is a list of the vaccine-preventable diseases that affect children, adolescents and adults. Each disease page contains links to the Vaccine Information Statement, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) disease-specific recommendations, a printable fact sheet, and additional resources. More...

Vaccine Benefits

Immunization is one of the most successful public health achievements of the 20th Century. Approximately 20 million cases of infectious diseases and 42,000 deaths are averted More...

Issues

Thanks to our nation's successful vaccination program, parents in this country have been spared from having to witness the devastating effects of vaccine-preventable diseases on children.

Some families may feel that the risk of contracting a deadly or debilitating disease is so minimal that they may delay or decline vaccines for themselves and their children.

Click on the links below for facts in support of the value of vaccines; resources that can be used to discuss issues and concerns with parents; and information related to paying for vaccines.

Expert Commentary

Welcome to the expert commentary of Joel A Harrison, PhD, MPH. Joel is a retired epidemiologist who has been following the so-called "vaccine controversy." More...

Countering Misinformation

It is critical that vaccine supporters take the time to ensure that factual information about vaccines is shared with the public. More...

Paying for Vaccines

No child should miss immunizations due to an inability to pay for the vaccines. Several programs are available to pay for vaccines for children and adolescents More...

Vaccine Safety

ECBT is confident in the safety of vaccines because of the elaborate systems in place to license safe vaccines and continually monitor their safety post-licensure. More...

The Questioning Parent

There are many resources available to ensure that science-based information is being provided to address questions parents may have about vaccines. More...