For every $1 spent on childhood vaccinations, our country saves $10.10. And for the children vaccinated each year the country ends up saving $13.6 billion in direct medical costs by preventing them from infectious diseases in the first place.
Unfortunately, the U.S. has recently dealt with outbreaks of measles in California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Kansas and Washington State. Since 2014, over 1,350 cases of measles have occurred in the U.S. The CDC estimates that it costs approximately $140,000 to contain each individual case of measles, and every single measles case requires follow up. That adds up to more than $143.5 million spent by public health to stop the spread of measles just in the past several years.
Protecting our loved ones as they become adults is also critical however, each year our country spends nearly $27 billion treating adults for diseases that could have easily been prevented through vaccinations.
By eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in vaccination coverage among minority communities and vulnerable adult populations, we have the potential to save lives and public health dollars. Currently, African American, Asian, and Latino adults receive recommended vaccinations at much lower rates than white adults. We can and must do better.
Learn more about the vaccines adults of all ages need to stay healthy