Economic Evaluation of Routine Childhood Immunizations
the MPR take:
Childhood vaccines can not only prevent the spread of diseases, but they also have an economic benefit to society. An analysis published in the journal Pediatrics discovered that children of the 2009 US birth cohort with routine childhood immunizations will prevent approximately 42,000 premature deaths and 20 million cases of disease. This equates to a net savings of $13.5 billion in direct costs and $68.8 billion in total societal costs. The vaccines in the schedule included diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate, inactivated poliovirus, measles/mumps/rubella, hepatitis B, varicella, 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate, hepatitis A, and rotavirus vaccines; the influenza vaccine was not included.
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