August is National Immunization Awareness Month
Vaccines Save Lives
Over the years, vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and disability, and have 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.
The CDC estimates that vaccination of children born between 1994 and 2018 in the U.S. will prevent 419 million illnesses, help avoid 936,000 deaths, and save nearly $1.9 trillion in total societal costs (that includes $406 billion in direct costs).
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.
Vaccines Prevent Disease Outbreaks
Vaccines prevent disease outbreaks (a sudden rise in the frequency of disease.) With pockets of low vaccination rates among children in communities throughout the country, and low vaccination rates among all adults, infectious diseases continue to cause long-term health issues and deaths among thousands of people.
Vaccines Protect Communities
Did you know that when you get vaccinated, you’re not only protecting yourself, but you are also protecting your family and your community? If we have high vaccination rates in every community, we are able to keep diseases from spreading throughout the U.S.
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.