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Why Vaccines Matter: Understanding the Broader Health, Economic, and Child Development Benefits of Routine Vaccination

Why Vaccines Matter: Understanding the Broader Health, Economic, and Child Development Benefits of Routine Vaccination

The benefits of vaccination extend beyond disease prevention. In a commentary piece published in Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics, Arindam Nandi, CDDEP Senior Fellow, and Anita Shet at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health summarize the broad health, economic, and child development benefits of routine vaccination.

While vaccines have long been proven to cost-effectively reduce the burden of disease, recent research has suggested that routine vaccination also improves cognition, schooling attainment, and productivity outcomes in low-income settings. The paper discusses the importance of these policy-informing findings in low-and middle-income countries where the burden of disease is high and resources are limited, as well as high-income countries where vaccine hesitancy is multiplying.