Value of Vaccine
Every year, vaccines prevent some three million deaths and save some 750,000 children from disability.With the exception of safe water, no other modality, not even antibiotics, has had such a major effect on mortality reduction” WHO IVB State of the world’s vaccine and immunization. 3rd Edition, 2009:
Vaccines and immunization have thus created a healthier world. Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health Interventions.
GSK Biologicals, GlaxoSmithKline's vaccines business, is one of the world's leading Vaccine companies and a leader in innovation. Over 1600 research scientists are active in the fields of Vaccine research, development and production with over 30 vaccines approved for marketing and 16 more in development.
Headquartered in Belgium, GSK Biologicals has 13 manufacturing sites (including one in India) strategically positioned around the globe. GSK is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of vaccines: in 2012 we supplied 21% of the global vaccine market6. In 2013, we distributed over 860 million doses of vaccines to some 170 countries. Around 40% of the world’s children are immunized against at least one serious disease with a GSK vaccine.
Vaccination Offers a Multitude of Benefits:
Benefits to Individuals:
Vaccines reduce the pain, suffering and death from disease. They also prevent longer term disabilities such as mental impairment, blindness, hearing loss and many others. This reduces the cost of medical care and loss of work due to illness or caring for an ill family member.
Benefits to Families:
Through vaccination, main wage earners stay healthy and family members do not need to make up lost income, if parents do not miss work caring for sick family members.
Benefits to Employers:
Vaccination results in a healthy, more productive workforce, and lesser risks of transmission between workers who are exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases.
Benefits to Government:
Vaccination compares favourably, in terms of incremental costs and reduction in mortality rates, with other preventive investments.
Benefits to Society:
‘Herd Immunity’ protects vulnerable individuals who cannot be vaccinated.