National Immunization Awareness Month might be coming to a close, but it’s important to continue helping people understand why vaccines are so important throughout the entire year.
To bolster these efforts, the National Vaccine Program Office teamed up with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to create a series of short videos highlighting the importance of vaccines. Each segment focuses on a specific condition like whooping cough, shingles, or pneumococcal disease, and helps the general public understand why they should get vaccinated – and just how important vaccines are to society.
As BIO has pointed out before, vaccines have tremendous societal value, responsible for saving more than 730,000 children over the past 20 years in the U.S. One study found that the vaccination of children born in the United States in 2009 is projected to generate $184 billion in lifetime social value – or about $45,000 per child.
The truth is, vaccines have been used with great success over the years against viruses and bacteria that cause everything from polio to some forms of cancer. Beyond National Immunization Awareness Month, help spread the word about these prevention miracles and the many benefits that come along with them.
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