The anti-vaccination movement

The anti-vaccination movement has a long history, beginning in France in 1763 and continuing through to today. As with all hot-button issues, it’s important to have accurate information and listen to both sides of the story. In the below infographic, developed by Mark Kirkpatrick, a freelance health journalist and dietitian, we discuss the reasoning and history behind the anti-vaccination movement.  In the early days of immunization, distrust in vaccines was well-warranted. There was no official quarantine procedure for those who’d already been inoculated and 18th Century doctors didn’t have quite the same standards as us when it came to sanitation and disease prevention. But as you can see, medical knowledge and standards have progressed greatly since those times and today’s vaccinations are a safe and effective tool in battling global health issues such as measles and rubella.

More than just a timeline of anti-vaccination movements, this infographic also includes useful information about vaccination itself, some of which might very well surprise you. For example: did you know that the first immunizations were administered in China in the 10th Century BCE? Or that the famed French philosopher Voltaire argued strongly for immunizations?

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Return on Investment From Childhood Immunization

A study led by Sachiko Ozawa of Johns Hopkins University and recently published in the February 2016 edition of the Health Affairs Journal, share findings that show the economic benefits of increased investment in global vaccination programs.  The team compared the program costs for providing 10 antigens in  ninety-four low and middle-income countries during the period of 2011–2020 versus the costs for estimated treatments of unimmunized individuals during the same period.  Their findings show that across the board that prevention of the diseases results in an average return on investment (ROI) of 16 times the original costs. While the ROI varies between antigens each shows a net benefit from the initial amount spent. Of the examples studied measles vaccines showed the greatest ROI with $58 dollars saved in future costs for every $1 dollar spent.  Overall the study confirms that investment in vaccination programs makes sound economic sense and encourages governments and donors step up and meet the requisite initial investments to in order to realize the substantial positive return.

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