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Investments in Vaccines May Prevent Poverty

Making investments in vaccines could result in millions fewer deaths and cases of poverty. 
Published Online: Feb 19,2018
Michaela Flemming
Results from a recent study published in Health Affairs suggests that investments in vaccinations reduce the likelihood of people slipping into poverty. According to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, providing investments in 10 vaccines during a 15-year period in low- and middle-income nations could prevent 36 million deaths and 24 million cases of poverty related to medical reasons.

The researchers used methods to estimate the potential impact of vaccination distribution between 2016-2030 in 41 countries. The 10 vaccinations included those for yellow fever, rubella, measles, Hemophilus influenza type b, rotavirus, Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis B, Streptococcus pneumonia, Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A, and human papillomavirus.

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