The goal of immunization of population groups is the eradication of disease. The goal of immunization in any one individual, e.g., an oral healthcare provider, is the prevention of disease. The decision to immunize OHCP against a specific pathogen is based on:
The cost-effectiveness of disease prevention by immunization rather than by disease treatment is unequivocal. This should prompt an acute interest in developing and implementing immunization strategies in all oral healthcare settings.