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Vaccines save lives and money

Between 2001 and 2010, vaccine use prevented an estimated 170,000 severe pneumococcal infections and 10,000 deaths, and saved an estimated $310 million in direct medical costs each year.

Frieden T. Antibiotic Resistance and the Threat to Public Health: Statement of Thomas Friden, MD, MPH, Director of the CDC: before the Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, U.S. House of Representatives; 2010. http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/pdf/FriedenTestimony42810.pdf

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