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Haveyoueverbeensickwithsometerribleillnessandwonderediftherewassome

simplewaytopreventhavingitasecondtime?Well,luckyforyou,vaccinescanhelpprevent
thoseterriblecoldsthateveryonehates.Ibelievethatvaccinesarehelpfulandpeopleshoulduse
them.
OneofthefirstreasonsthatIsupportvaccinesisthattheycansavenumerouslives.The
AmericanAcademyofPediatricsstatesthat"mostchildhoodvaccinesare90%99%effectivein
preventingdisease.Thismeansthatmostchildhoodvaccineshavelessthana10%chanceofnot
working.AccordingtoShot@Life,aUnitedNationsFoundationpartnerorganization,vaccines
save2.5millionchildrenfrompreventablediseaseseveryyear,whichequatestoroughly285
childrensavedeveryhour.Whichisahugeamountofpeoplesavedfortakingabout5minutes
eachtotakeapillorgetashot.TheCentersforDiseaseControl(CDC)estimatedthat732,000
Americanchildrenweresavedfromdeathand322millioncasesofchildhoodillnesseswere
preventedbetween1994and2014becauseofvaccination.Themeaslesvaccinehasdecreased
deathsfrommeaslesby74%.Thisalsomeansthatvaccinesareprogressivelygettingbetterand
arebecomingmoreandmorereliable.
Vaccinescangetridofdiseasesforfuturegenerations.Vaccinatedmothersprotecttheir
unbornchildrenfromvirusesthatcouldpotentiallycausebirthdefects,andvaccinated
communitiescanhelpgetridofdiseasesforfuturegenerations.Aglobalrubella(BasicallyJust
Germanmeasles)outbreakcausedthedeathsof11,000babies,andbirthdefectsin20,000babies
between1963and1965intheUnitedStates.Womenwhowerevaccinatedaschildrenagainst

rubellahavegreatlydecreasedthechanceofpassingthevirustotheirunbornornewborn
children,eliminatingthebirthdefectsassociatedwiththedisease.
Vaccinessavethegovernmentsmillionsofdollars.TheCDCestimatesthatchildren
vaccinatedbetween1994and2014haveyieldednetsavingsof$1.38trillionin"societalcosts,"
includingmoneysavedbypreventinglostproductivityduetodisabilityandearlydeath.The
UnitedStatessavesabout$27per$1investedinDTaPvaccination,and$13per$1spenton
MMRvaccination.UNICEFestimatesthat$6.2billioncouldbesavedintreatmentcostsif
vaccinesweremorecommonintheworldspoorestcountries.AccordingtotheInternational
VaccineAccessCenteratJohnsHopkinsBloombergSchoolofPublicHealth,$62.9billion
couldbesavedbyprovidingHib,pneumococcal,androtavirusvaccinationstothe73poorest
countries:$1.4billionintreatmentcosts,$300millioninlostcaretakerwages,$6.2billionin
lifetimeproductivitylossduetodisability,and$55billioninlifetimeproductivitylossbecause
ofdeath.Themorepeoplethataresaved,themoremoneythatthecountriessave,wearesaving
millionsofdollarsjustbecausepeoplearegettingyearlyshotssotheycantgetsickaseasily.
ManyvaccinepreventablediseasesarestillintheUnitedStates.Althoughtheparalytic
formofpoliohasmostlydisappearedthankstovaccination,thevirusstillexistsincountrieslike
Pakistanwheretherewere93casesin2013and71in2014.Thepolioviruscanbeincubatedby
apersonwithoutsymptomsforyearsandthenthatpersoncanthenaccidentallyinfectan
unvaccinatedpersonthattheviruscanmutateintoitsparalyticformandspreadamongst
unvaccinatedpeople.UnvaccinatedAmishmissionarieswhotraveledtothePhilippinesbrought
measlesbacktoOhioinMay2014,resultingin155infectedpeopleasofJune5,2014.

AccordingtotheCDC,allvaccinescarryariskofalifethreateningallergicreaction
(anaphylaxis)inaboutonepermillionchildren.Butmosthavepeopledontevengetareaction,
butthereisnoharmdoneincheckingbeforeyougetavaccine.AccordingtoFrankDeStefano,
MD,MPH,DirectoroftheCDCsimmunizationsafetyoffice,themostcommonalbeitrareside
effectofvaccinesisasevereallergicreactionthatoccursin"oneperseveralhundredthousandto
onepermillionvaccinations.AndthekilledfluvaccinedoesnotcauseBellspalsy,anditdoes
nottriggerepisodesofasthma.Combinationvaccines,likeMMR(measles,mumps,andrubella),
havebeenusedwithoutadverseeffectssincethemid1940s.

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