One fact that your editorial "Losing Ground on Vaccines" (Jan. 2) forgot to mention was that vaccinations are not only beneficial to people receiving them, but they are also cost-effective. It is unfortunate that when cutting services such as vaccinations and immunizations, those who are making the decisions are simply setting in motion a process which will lead to higher health-care costs in the future.
Vaccinations are one of the few medical procedures which can assuredly prevent future chronic, and often life-threatening, illnesses.
But for those people who cannot afford the costs of immunizations, the development of a chronic disease because they were not originally vaccinated will cost even more.
If low-income individuals receive immunizations provided by the county and other health-care agencies, they will avoid more expensive conditions which will, in all probability, be treated in facilities supported by taxpayer dollars.
Vaccines are a cheap way of ensuring our population's safety and health, of protecting our children, and of saving our tax dollars in the long run.