The implementation of the routine childhood vaccination schedule for babies born in 2009 saved almost $69 billion in health care costs, according to a CDC study published in the journal Pediatrics. Receiving the recommended vaccines on time could prevent 42,000 premature deaths and 20 million cases of disease among Americans born in a given year, according to the analysis. "The childhood immunization program is a highly cost-effective program that's saving lives," CDC's Shannon Stokely said.

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