It is a known fact that vaccines save lives, so why do people continue to not get vaccinated? Vaccines can quite literally save children’s lives. They save 2.5 million children from preventable diseases every year, according to a United Nations Foundation partner organization. The CDC estimated that childhood immunization prevented 419 million illnesses and between the years 1994 and 2018 it saved 936,000 children from early deaths.
Getting vaccinated also protects the people around you, and future generations. If a population is vaccinated against a contagious disease there will most likely not be an outbreak of that disease among those people. It protects future generations by protecting the fetus from viruses when a mother is pregnant. Women who are pregnant and were vaccinated as a child against rubella greatly decreased the chance of passing the virus to their child, which eliminates birth defects.
Not getting vaccinated puts those around you at a greater risk. Vaccines are “possibly the most important modern medical advance and have saved countless lives.” Maintaining high vaccination rates protects the entire population. In the United States, vaccines are covered by insurance or Medicaid and the Vaccines for Children programme requires children in all 50 states to have certain vaccines in order to attend public school, but the vaccines required vary by state.