Are vaccines good for only those who produce them?

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Are vaccines good for only those who produce them?

Vaccines allow us to obtain, in addition to enormous results for collective health, large savings in terms of hospital admissions and diagnosis and treatment activities. This means savings for our National Health Service-NHS and better health of the population.

The belief that vaccination indications are suggested by the commercial needs of the manufacturing companies, rather than by health and social needs, is certainly false. Vaccination is currently the most effective of interventions in the medical field ever discovered by man, second only to the purification of water in terms of reducing human mortality and able, even today, to avoid over 2.5 million deaths each Furthermore, from an economic point of view, the studies show unequivocal results: for example, an "analysis a few years ago showed that in 1 year hospitalizations for measles alone cost our NHS 8.8 million euros. In Italy, the annual expenditure for vaccines is equal to 310 million euros, or 1.2% of the entire pharmaceutical expenditure. Suffice it to say that the annual per capita expenditure for drugs commonly used to combat gastric acidity is equal to € 14.80, approximately three times the total of all vaccines (€ 5.05). Today, thanks to vaccination, the populations are losing the perception of the risk of getting sick from those diseases for which the vaccine exists and which are, therefore, increasingly rare. It is therefore necessary that scientific societies, politicians and researchers are increasingly committed to correctly inform citizens of the health benefits of vaccines, in the absolute absence of conflicts of interest.

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