Vaccines save money

Vaccines certainly prevent death and suffering, but they also save money. Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective health-care investments available.

In the United States, cost-benefit analysis indicates that every dollar invested in a vaccine dose saves US$2 to US$27 in health-care expenses.
The eradication of smallpox alone has saved the United States more than US$3 billion between 1983 and 1994. The benefits are just as striking if one looks to the future.


In 2016, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health assessed the economic benefits of vaccines in 94 low- and middle-income countries using projected vaccination rates from 2011 to 2020. When taking into account the broader economic impact of illness, vaccinations save $44 for every dollar spent.