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

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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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Vaccines & Immunizations

Vaccines & Immunizations

Vaccines are commonly given to children in the form of a shot to help prevent serious diseases like measles and mumps. Vaccines are developed using either dead strains of a disease, weakened strains, or strains of a different dise...

ase. As adults, we receive flu vaccines or may need a booster of childhood vaccines to retain immunity. Travelers may receive vaccines either as a condition of entry to a country, or on recommendation of health officials. Generally there is little or no reaction to a vaccine, but in some cases the vaccine may cause an allergic reaction or a temporary, mild illness. Some vaccines are not safe for pregnant women, so it’s important to check with a healthcare professional.
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