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Vaccinations Could Have Prevented $55 Million Spent on Childhood Diseases

Colorado vaccination rates declined in 2017 and costs to treat diseases that could have been prevented by immunization increased.  A study released by Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition reveals Colorado residents spent $55 million on vaccine-preventable diseases in 2017, up from $35.4 million in 2015.

According to the 2017 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colorado Hospital Association and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, more than 9,100 Colorado children were treated in a hospital or emergency department for a vaccine-preventable disease. That’s up from 4,247 instances in 2015.

“Vaccines are the best way to safely and effectively prevent many dangerous infectious diseases,” Dr. Jessica Cataldi, the study’s author and a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital, said in a statement. “When families vaccinate, they protect their children and our communities against preventable illness. Improving vaccination rates will help to prevent unnecessary personal and economic costs, hospitalizations and even death.”

Source: Denver Business Journal



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