The Economics of Vaccines
Vaccines are expensive to develop and it can take decades to get them to market. This means promising vaccines often sit in laboratory freezers during major epidemics. That is what happened during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, which killed more than 11,000 people.
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Because Vaccines Prevent Disease.
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Because Vaccines Are Tested for Safety. Frequently.
Step 1: Clinical Trials
Step 2: ACIP sign off.
Step 3: Continuous Monitoring
Because Some People Can’t Be Vaccinated
Herd immunity is an important concept for people who can’t be vaccinated, either because they are allergic to vaccine components, are immunocompromised (like people with cancer or HIV), or for another reason (infants and pregnant mothers). Vaccines.gov explains herd immunity:
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Because We Know They Work
And they’re not just for children! Check out “The importance of vaccines for older adults:” YouTube Video
Have more questions about vaccines? Check out Vaxopedia, an A to Z guide to vaccines, created by Dr. Vincent Iannelli!