Vaccines are one of the most successful health innovations in recent history, but the world is failing to reap the full benefits of immunization.
Childhood vaccination saves up to 3 million children’s lives every year, but 1.5 million children still die each year from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines.
Immunization is a best buy in global health, with a return of $16 for every $1 spent on immunization for the world’s poorest children. When we account for broader economic and social benefits, the return on investment is much greater — up to 44 times the cost of vaccination.
Despite the enormous health and economic potential of vaccines, the world is failing to ensure everyone benefits from the promise of vaccines. One in five children are missing out on basic vaccines. Now is the time to support countries to establish sustainable immunization programs to reach every child.
Successful immunization programs are the foundation of health care in every country in the world. By preventing illness, they ease the burden on hospitals and families. Vaccines are often the most effective way to contain outbreaks, from once-common childhood illnesses to emerging threats, and provide a frontline defense against antibiotic resistance.
Sabin is committed to extending the full benefits of immunization to all people, regardless of who they are or where they live.