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Vaccine funding must continue — the health of American children is at stake

When it comes to saving lives and minimizing health care costs, vaccinating children against infectious diseases is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions. In the United States alone, over the last 20 years childhood immunizations have prevented 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, 732,000 deaths, and saved nearly $1.38 trillion in total societal costs.

Unfortunately, childhood vaccination programs are on the chopping block in the current administration’s 2018 budget proposal and various proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act. These vaccine programs directly affect the lives of children from every community in this nation.