Childhood Immunization Pays Off

Every dollar invested in vaccines is estimated to result in a return of 16 times the costs, taking into account treatment costs and productivity losses, according to a new study.

To quantify the economic benefits of immunization, Sachiko Ozawa of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and coauthors assessed the return on investment (ROI) over 2011-2020, dubbed the “Decade of Vaccines.” They looked not only at vaccine costs, but also supply chain and service delivery costs compared to the associated economic benefits of delivering vaccination programs in 94 low- and middle-income countries.

Ozawa will be presenting at a Health Affairs event in DC today from 9:00a-12:30p; a live webcast will be available here.

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