On the 14th of April the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published it’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) featuring a report detailing the success of the United State’s Vaccines for Children (VFC) program in the period since it’s creation in 1993.
The VFC program was created to plug the gap in missed vaccinations caused because parents did not have insurance for their children. In they years running up to 1993 there was a resurgence in measles across the US that was widely attributed to patient missing vaccinations due to a lack of insurance. In a bid to avoid any deaths by preventable diseases, for the last twenty years the program made many vaccinations available to children whos families could not afford them. And with coverage consistently exceeding 90% for many of the vaccine series, the impacts have been enormous.
For the 78.6 million children born in the US in the decade since 1993 the coverage offered by the Vaccination for children program has proven life changing. From the 732,000 lives saved to the 322 million illnesses prevented, these children and young adults (not to mention the US economy) have benefited hugely.
Find the report here.