What is the value of vaccinations?

27 June 2017

According to the World Health Organization, only clean drinking water rivals vaccination in its ability to save lives.

A vaccine is a preventative medicine that improves a person's immunity to a particular disease. Scientific discoveries in vaccinations have shaped our modern world. Vaccination saves an estimated 2-3 million lives per year, and around 750,000 children from disability. From Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccination to a reduction in cases of polio of over 99% since 1988 - the world would be a very different place without vaccinations.

But the value of vaccination goes far beyond health, offering economic and social benefits, reducing poverty and allowing communities to prosper. 

Download the infographic (link on the right) to see just how beneficial vaccination is.


  • What does 'immunity' mean?
  • What benefits of vaccination are stated in the article?
  • How do you think vaccinations allow communities to thrive?

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