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Costly missteps in MR vaccination program

Costly missteps in MR vaccination program An alarming global surge in measles cases poses a serious threat to children and more efforts are needed to improve vaccine coverage, according to the U.N. Children's Fund (Shutterstock/Jarun Ontakrai)
Katyana Wardhana
Jakarta   ●   Sat, April 27, 2019

In honor of World Immunization Week celebrated in the last week of April, it is important for us not only to reflect on the powerful impact that vaccinations have in keeping our communities healthy but also to reevaluate the steps we make in eliminating vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccination is widely recognized as one of the most life-saving and cost-effective public health interventions to date, preventing a global estimate of 2 million to 3 million deaths per year.

The Vaccines for Children program, for instance, created in response to the United States’ measles epidemic between 1989 and 1991, reportedly saved US$295 billion in direct costs from hospitalizations and $1.38 trillion in total societal costs within 20 years.

In Indonesia, however, the benefits and the glowing reputation of vaccines’ efficacy have instead been tainted by mistrust and r...

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