Standard immunization currently averts an estimated two to three million deaths every year in all age groups. Innovative technology solutions that help to ensure vaccine effectiveness, efficiency, safety, and storage are enabling immunization programs to save even more lives. Without vaccines, as well as safe and effective vaccine distribution systems and delivery practices, disease would become more rampant, the public health system would be overburdened with treatment costs, and deaths—particularly in children—would increase dramatically. Immunization is therefore a valuable tool for protecting health, enhancing economic security and political stability, and saving lives.
PATH works to reach communities most in need with lifesaving vaccines, with wide-ranging projects to develop, improve, deliver, and increase support for vaccines. Visit PATH’s website to learn more about its work on vaccines.
Page last updated: October 2014.
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