August is National Immunization month. It’s about time to start thinking about getting an immunization. Adult’s with children’s Its time to beat the back to school rush immunization. Immunization among all populations in the United States is one of the most cost-effective means of preventing disease. Across the country, approximately 42,000 adults and 300 children die each year from vaccine-preventable disease. To spread the word about the importance of immunizations and encourage action to improve immunization rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is rolling out new information throughout August during National Immunization Awareness Month.
Benefits for Immunizations: Immunizations are important for a variety of reasons. By receiving an immunization for a disease, a person defends him or herself against catching that disease. But the benefits do not stop there; society gains a collective immunization as more and more people become immune to a particular disease. Once a collective immunization has been established, once-dangerous diseases can be eradicated. Polio, for example, was eliminated in the United States in 1979 after vaccinations became widespread. The CDC estimates 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths will be avoided among children born in the last 20 years as a result of vaccines.
The economic value of immunizations cannot be overstated. Influenza, a vaccine-preventable disease, costs the country $10.4 billion annually. Among adults over the age of 50, the four major vaccine-preventable diseases (influenza, pneumococcal disease, shingles, and pertussis) cost the United States $26.5 billion a year. By protecting against diseases with immunizations, billions of dollars could be saved. Over the last 20 years, the CDC estimates vaccinations will save nearly $295 billion in direct costs and $1.38 trillion in total costs to society. Childhood vaccines alone are projected to save $13.5 billion in direct costs and $68.8 billion in total societal costs for all children born in a particular year.
Vaccines are recommended throughout a person’s lifetime, with specific immunizations associated with different age groups such as infants, young children, preteens, adults, and older adults.