Vaccines are one the most cost effective health interventions known to man. Unlike other medical interventions, which are subject to many variables that may affect their successful implementation (i.e. obesity, diabetes intervention), vaccines do not require action by the recipient other than the effort to become vaccinated. Vaccines are so effective that studies show that for every $1 spent on each of the eleven vaccines given routinely to children, our country saves $10.1 in medical costs.
Without routine vaccination, direct costs to the U.S. would be $13.5 billion and $68.8 billion in societal costs (a measurement of losses due to missed work, death and disability as well as direct medical costs)