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How many children die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases?

Globally, 1.5 million unvaccinated children under five years of age die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases. This is a much higher number than any of the risk factors for vaccine side-effects, which occur at virtually undetectable rates. Unfortunately, while the United States has low rates of vaccine-preventable diseases, the global population does not fare as well. If the United States population begins to relax on vaccine standards, the risks for an outbreak of a dangerous disease increase as these pathogens are just a plane ride away.

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