Why Vaccines Matter

It's a Matter Of Life and Death.

Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective interventions proven to save lives and are one of the greatest investments we can make in the health of a community.


lives are saved each year by vaccines.


people are able to walk today, who otherwise would have been paralyzed if it wasn't for the polio vaccine.


lives were saved by the measles vaccine over the past 18 years.


children go without immunization each year.

Source: WHO estimates

What We Know

Despite significant advances, vaccines that are routinely offered in the United States and other higher income countries are not readily available to all children in many parts of the world.

Each Year

5 baby onesies with 1 colored differently to denote 1 in 5 statistic
1 in 5 Children Go Without Basic Vaccines
1.5 Million Children Die from Vaccine Preventable Diseases — A Child Every 20 Seconds

Over 90% of these children live in areas of the world where routine health care or supportive medical services are limited. Additional factors such as malnutrition and unclean water place these children at higher risk for contracting and fighting diseases.

The Value of Vaccines

The ability to prevent illness and save lives through vaccination is well documented, but the value does not stop there.
Maintaining good health is a gateway to greater opportunity.

Education Attainment

Many vaccine-preventable diseases can cause temporary or permanent cognitive impairment. Children may also suffer blindness, hearing loss, and decreased mobility as a result of illness, making educational milestones more challenging.

Maintaining cognition and decreasing the number of days that children miss in school leads to better educational outcomes and improved opportunities as adults.

Gender EquIty

Gender inequity in immunization coverage contributes to increased mortality for girls under the age of five. Studies demonstrate that girls are more likely to die from measles than boys.

Maintaining health through routine childhood vaccination is associated with higher educational outcomes and earnings for women, leading to greater equity.

Financial Stability

Vaccines protect children’s health, but did you know that they also protect their family’s finances?

For every $1 invested in vaccine programs, vaccination returns $21 in saved healthcare costs, lost wages, and lost productivity, saving families from catastrophic economic loss.

Source: VoICE (International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)