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Childhood Vaccines Prevent 322 million Illnesses: CDC

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An estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths will be prevented thanks to routine childhood vaccinations, according to new statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday.

The agency said the nation's childhood vaccine program has been “highly effective,” although some vulnerability to vaccine-preventable diseases persists because of the rise in global travel and trade, and the small but significant number of Americans who opt out of vaccinations.

After accounting for the costs associated with giving immunizations, the CDC estimated a net savings of $295 billion in direct costs and $1.38 trillion in societal costs from averting vaccine-preventable illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths.

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