Few children would be thrilled to unwrap them on Christmas morning, but vaccines are one of the most cost-effective investments in health. They eradicated smallpox worldwide, reduced wild polio to just two endemic countries and hugely reduced the incidence of other deadly and debilitating diseases.
Beyond saving lives, they cut healthcare and treatment costs, reduce the number of hospital visits, and ensure healthier children and communities. Sadly, millions of children around the world remain unvaccinated against preventable diseases.
UNICEF is working hard to change this and procures more than a billion vaccines each year for vaccination campaigns worldwide