Imagine living in the world at a time when children were often not named until their fifth birthdays because parents were uncertain whether they would survive early childhood due to diseases like polio, measles, rubella, pneumonia and more. In 1921 alone, diphtheria killed nearly 15,000 people in the U.S. and measles infected nearly every citizen, killing hundreds. Decades later in 1964, an epidemic of rubella (German measles) infected 12.5 million people in the U.S., killing 2,000 babies, causing 11,000 miscarriages and deafness among scores of children.
With the development of safe and effective vaccines, children and teens can now be protected from 16 infectious diseases, which in the past caused death and disabilities among thousands each year. Additionally, adults can be protected from flu, shingles, pneumonia and many other diseases.
Vaccines have been hailed as one of the greatest public health interventions since the discovery of the need for clean water. By immunizing people of all ages, we have the power to save lives.
Learn how vaccines lead to “community immunity”, and save lives & money by preventing deadly diseases.
Read the stories of people affected by vaccine-preventable diseases.