Value of Immunization: Health Systems & Integration
Health Systems and Integration
Vaccines Alleviate Health System Pressure
Eliminating health system pressure through vaccines relates to the impact that implementing routine immunizations can have on the health system as it has the potential to improve health and reduce patient loads in healthcare facilities.
Health Program Sustainability and Integration
Health program sustainability and integration relates to the opportunities and connections that routine immunization programs have with other health-related programs that utilize similar pathways of implementation. Other public health interventions can be delivered by leveraging immunization visits. As a result, this increases overall health benefits and improves utilization of resources across sectors.
Synergies Between Health System Programs
Synergies between health system programs can be found when new vaccines are introduced into the routine immunization program and bolster the implementation of both existing vaccines and other public health programs (e.g. maternal and child health interventions) that are delivered within the routine immunization platform.
Health Systems Strengthening
Health systems strengthening relates to the capacity for the overall (national, provincial) health system – human resources, policies, programs, and infrastructure – to be utilized to enhance the reach of health interventions other than routine immunizations. Implementation of immunization programs provides an incentive for governments to improve their health system in order to efficiently deliver interventions.
Disease eradication relates to the robust infrastructure and plans that have been developed to combat diseases – such as polio – which in turn continue to be used in preventing and controlling other vaccine-preventable diseases.