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Zhou et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-0698) used a decision analysis methodology to look at the direct and societal costs of vaccines, their administration, vaccine adverse events as well as parent travel and work time lost to determine the net savings and benefit-cost ratios of routine childhood immunization. The savings are impressive as are the benefit-cost ratios but take a shot at reviewing the data yourself to learn more.
When one is concerned at the rising costs of health care, don’t point the finger at vaccines—instead point a syringe at a child so as to prevent serious infectious diseases and save lives in this country and around the world.