Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy: To Protect Children & Communities Against Preventable Diseases [open pdf - 0B]
From the Document: "Vaccines have successfully eliminated or dramatically reduced the incidence of many infectious diseases in the United States. Routine immunization of all children born in one year can:  Save 42,000 lives,  Prevent 20 million cases of disease,  Reduce direct health care costs by $13.5 billion and  Save $68.8 billion in total societal costs. [...] A rise in vaccine hesitancy--a behavior influenced by lack of trust in the medical community, concerns about vaccine safety, efficacy, necessity or convenience and other issues related to vaccination--has contributed to undervaccination through parental decisions to delay or refuse vaccines for their children. A parent's decision not to vaccinate his or her child puts not only that child, but every person that child comes into contact with at increased risk of infection."