Vaccines developed by the pharmaceutical industry save lives, prevent diseases, benefit our economy and support the NHS.
After clean water, vaccines are the greatest public intervention for reducing infectious diseases and deaths.1,2
It’s why pharmaceutical companies are constantly researching new vaccines to protect us all.
Vaccines are used as a preventative measure in healthy individuals to protect the body against a particular disease.
Keeping people healthy at all stages of life
With the global population of people aged 60 and older growing, vaccination has become a key component of healthy ageing.
In the first five years of the shingles vaccine programme, there have been over 49,000 fewer GP visits and over 1,800 fewer hospitalisations for shingles and its complications, saving the NHS an estimated £10.5million.8
The economic impact of vaccination is broad
Vaccination has delivered huge public health benefits for a relatively small investment. The cost of buying vaccines is just 0.3% of the total health budget.9 In addition, the return on investment of public health interventions averages around £14 for every £1 spent.10
Without vaccination, 1.6 million school days are missed every year and vaccination helps to prevent loss of productivity through illness and absence from work.11, 12
6 million working days are lost in the UK due to seasonal flu every year.12
Pharmaceutical exports (not just vaccines) are worth more than £27 billion. An increase in UK manufacturing capacity for vaccines would provide a significant economic opportunity for the UK.13
A healthy society
High uptake is needed to keep infectious diseases under control.
Before the introduction of the childhood pneumococcal vaccination, one child in every 200 in the UK was admitted to hospital for pneumococcal pneumonia during their first five years.14
Without vaccination, there are 3,700 hospitalisations in England annually from complications with chickenpox.15
Vaccinations developed by the pharmaceutical industry have transformed global healthcare, making a huge impact on the health and prosperity of people around the world.
The pharmaceutical industry is working with the global not-for-profit alliance Gavi to vaccinate children in the world’s poorest countries.16
Over four years the UK contributed £1.44 billion to Gavi to vaccinate children living in these countries.17
Through this global alliance, pharmaceutical companies aim to immunise 300 million more children globally in the next five years.18
For every dollar invested in vaccination in the world’s 94 lowest-income countries, US$16 are expected to be saved in healthcare costs, lost wages and lost productivity due to illness and death.17