Vaccines Save Lives
Over the years, vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and disability, and saved millions of lives. For example, polio, which caused approximately 50,000 cases each year in the U.S., was one of the most dreaded childhood diseases of the 20th century with annual epidemics. But, through successful vaccination programs around the world, polio is almost gone from the world.
For the 4 million children born each year in the U.S. who are vaccinated according to the CDC’s recommended schedule, 42,000 lives are saved, and 20 million cases of diseases are prevented.
Unfortunately, too often, our organization learns of people who suffer from illness and disability from infectious, yet preventable diseases, or of families who mourn the devastating loss of loved ones from an illness that could have been prevented through vaccines. Read some of their stories.
Vaccines Prevent Outbreaks
Vaccines prevent deadly outbreaks of disease. With pockets of low vaccination rates among children throughout the country, and low vaccination rates among all adults, diseases continue to cause long-term health issues and deaths among thousands of people. Learn more about recent outbreaks in the U.S.
Vaccines Create Community Protection
Did you know that when you get vaccinated, you’re not only protecting yourself, but you are also protecting your family and your community? By maintaining high vaccination rates in every community, we are able to keep diseases from spreading throughout the U.S. Learn more about community immunity.
Vaccines are Cost-Saving
Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very costly resulting in doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, and premature deaths. Additionally, outbreak responses also take a lot of time, money and manpower. Through timely vaccinations, the U.S. saves billions of dollars. Learn more about the costs of outbreak response and treating illness among unvaccinated people.