Vaccination – Benefits beyond health

Vaccination is one of the most powerful and cost effective health interventions in history and prevents 2 – 3 million deaths every year

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With the exception of clean water, no other modality, not even antibiotics, has had such a major effect on mortality reduction.

The value of vaccination extends beyond providing just positive health outcomes; it supports socio-economic development through saving lives and saving money.

"Immunization is one of the most cost-effective public-health investments to decrease poverty and prevent longer term economic and social costs," said Dr Shafi Kolhapure, GM, Clinical R&D and Medical Affairs (Vaccines), South Asia, GSK Pharmaceuticals India.

The way we view vaccines and vaccines development requires a rethink, built on an appreciation of the value of prevention which in nearly all cases confers positive health economic benefits to society.

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