For every $1 spent on childhood vaccinations, our country saves $10.90. And CDC estimates that for the vaccination of children born between 1994 and 2018 has saved the U.S. nearly $406 billion in direct medical costs and $1.88 trillion in total society costs.
Unfortunately, the U.S. is currently dealing with outbreaks of measles in a number of states. Since 2014, over 1,900 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 $266 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.
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