Finally, in this week’s news, another report from the CDC this week that looks at the effectiveness of vaccines in preventing illness and early death. Of course we know that vaccines are effective at doing this but when you look at the numbers from this recent study, it is truly staggering.
Vaccines Save Billions of Dollars Annually
According to the study of children born 5 years ago, vaccinations have saved literally billions of dollars in both direct and indirect health care costs. They’ve also prevented 42,000 early deaths and over 20 million illnesses annually. That’s huge!
This study looked at the nine most common early childhood vaccines that appear on the recommended routine immunization schedule. According to the cost savings, when compared to the cost of vaccination, vaccines save over $10 for every $1 spent. That number has decreased some since the last analysis in 2001 when the number was $16 for every $1 spent.
Vaccine Haters Still Prevalent
Experts cite the change in the cost of vaccines and health care in general over the interceding time frame for the difference. They point out that it is still a significant savings though. We need to continue to be proponents for vaccination and make sure we work to educate our communities on the safety and efficacy of vaccines for ourselves and our children. As I mentioned last week, we are still fighting an uphill battle against the vaccine haters out there. It is a very pervasive myth that is still propagated around the internet and by word of mouth.
Make sure you are vocal in your support of these life saving interventions and when you get articles like these from me and other sources, make sure you save them and share them via social media channels like Facebook or Twitter so your circle of friends and acquaintances see it, too. Patient education can be done in many ways these days so don’t discount those opportunities that social media presents to you to be a health advocate!
Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode –The Hospital Room of the Future and Episode 286.