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.
In 2019, the U.S. dealt with a large measles outbreak with 1,282 cases in 31 states. Disease outbreaks require a huge investment of public health staff and financial resources to control and contain outbreaks once they have begun. For example, the Minnesota measles outbreak cost Hennepin County and the State Department of Health $1.3 million to contain. These costs do not include the amounts incurred by private insurance or the indirect costs paid for by individuals and families due to lost days of work or ongoing care.
Protecting our older population from infectious diseases is also critical.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/Blacks, Asian, and Hispanic/Latino adults receive recommended vaccinations at much lower rates than white adults. We can and must do better.
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