Unvaccinated adults cause more than illness

Low rates of vaccine uptake among US adults is costing the country the equivalent of around $11 billion annually, according to a new analysis.

Researchers say unvaccinated adults are responsible for almost 80% or $7.5 billion of the financial burden from vaccine-preventable diseases related to ten vaccines recommended for adults ages 19 and over .

The ten vaccines protect against hepatitis A; hepatitis B; herpes zoster; human papillomavirus; influenza; measles, mumps, and rubella; meningococcal disease; pneumococcal disease; tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis;