The Value of Vaccines

Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective public health interventions proven to save lives. We believe that every child deserves the chance to grow up, but without equitable access to life-saving vaccines, many do not. The role that vaccines play in the prevention of illness and death is well documented. However, the value beyond the physical benefits is often over looked and under appreciated. Good health provides a gateway to social and economic development, better education outcomes, improved gender equality, and many other positive outcomes for individuals and their communities. Vaccines are one of the greatest investments we can make in the health of a community with a lasting impact.

Success of Vaccines

Each year vaccines save between 2-3 million lives

Thanks to the polio vaccine more than 16 million people are able to walk today, who would otherwise have been paralyzed

It is estimated that measles vaccine has prevented 20.3 million deaths between 2000-2015

Vaccines are one of the best investments we can make in the health of a community with a lasting impact

Every person needs to share in the same success, but not everybody does…

12.9 million infants, nearly 1 in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016

1.5 million children under the age of five die each year from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines

Rotavirus is a leading cause of death in young children throughout the world

Every hour 15 people die from measles, mostly children under the age of 5 (2015)

Did You Know…

There are two vaccines that can prevent cancer: HPV and Hepatitis B

Meningitis affects 1 million people each year and can lead to death in as little as 24 hours

Vaccines before, during, and after pregnancy to protect mom and baby

Vaccines aren’t just for kids. They are important at all stages of life

We would like to thank our partners at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for the use of many of their photographs