The facts are simple: vaccines are safe. They are highly effective. They are supported by every major American medical society and government agency and are a routine part of pediatric care. Yet the growing number of vaccine preventable disease outbreaks suggests more must be done to support immunization and halt the spread of serious—and potentially deadly—diseases.
Why are vaccines so important? Vaccines save lives and protect against long-term health consequences. They reduce disability and suffering, contribute to longer life expectancy, and help lower health disparities. From 1994 to 2016, childhood immunizations prevented an estimated 281 million child illnesses, 855,000 child deaths, and nearly $1.65 trillion in health care costs. Every dollar invested in vaccination yields $3 in direct benefits and $10 in benefits when societal costs are included.
The history of Measles Vaccine is a good illustration. Before the vaccine was introduced in 1963, measles killed approximately 400 – 500 American children every year. Measles has been eliminated in all of the Americas from Canada to Chile. Measles remains endemic in the world, including Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. About 10 million people are infected each year and almost 110,000 die, mostly children under age five.
With the start of a new school year around the corner, it’s critical for parents and guardians to make sure their children are up to date on vaccines. That’s why we want to help share accurate information on vaccines. With so much information—and sometimes incorrect information—available today, learning the facts before making health decisions is very important. We want to emphasize that it is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it after it occurs. Vaccination is a highly effective, safe and easy way to help keep your family healthy.
To learn more visit the CDC website on vaccines or check out this Family Friendly Guide from the Children’s Defense Fund.
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