VALUE OF VACCINATION
Vaccines stop families falling into poverty from health costs.
Not being vaccinated against childhood diseases can trigger a domino effect: first a child is more likely to get sick, which means they’re more likely to drop out of school or get worse grades. This can then have economic impacts for society as a whole, affecting their ability to get a good job later in life.
This is how immunisation brings enormous benefits in terms of greater human development and productivity which in turn leads to a stronger economy. It’s not only good for your general health, but also your financial health.
As challenging as it can be for low-income families to ensure their child is vaccinated, the cost of illness can be financially devastating.
Overall, the Ugandan government spent an average of $7 per outpatient episode and $12 per hospitalised episode of pneumonia.
On top of these savings made on medical costs, when you include the value of a life saved the return on investment rises to US$ 51 per dollar invested in immunisation. This might seem far removed from the lives of the average person, but since vaccination saves millions of dollars, it allows both individuals and governments to save money that would otherwise be spent treating disease.