Childhood Vaccinations Provide Lifelong Health, Economic Benefits

Huffington Post: A Birthday Gift to Last a Lifetime
Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

“…[T]he impact of immunization only begins with a vaccine shot. Where sickness impoverishes, health empowers, and not just individuals but economies too, helping to lift them out of poverty, potentially reducing dependence on foreign aid and opening new markets. … In its 15 year history … Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has helped immunize half a billion children against a range of deadly diseases, preventing 7 million future deaths in the process. We now plan to ramp up our efforts and immunize a further 300 million children between 2016 and 2020, which would save a further 5-6 million more lives leading to $80-100 billion in economic benefits. The bottom line is that vaccination is about providing children with a lifetime of benefits…” (1/22).