As several measles outbreaks in the U.S. in recent years so vividly show us, vaccine-preventable diseases can be a threat to our health. APHA promotes immunization of the world's children as well as throughout the lifespan.
Do vaccines work? Think about it: In the decade before 1963 when a vaccine became available, nearly all children got measles by the time they were 15. Up to 4 million people in the United States were infected each year, 400-500 people died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 4,000 suffered encephalitis, or swelling of the brain. Now, two doses of measles vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles if someone is exposed to the virus. Vaccines work!
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From APHA's Public Health Newswire:
Read the letter to President Trump (PDF) from national and state health organizations (including APHA) expressing unequivocal support for the safety of vaccines.
One way to counter misinformation about childhood vaccines: train parents to be immunization advocates.
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Top photo by Heather Hazzan, SELF Magazine. Find more great free use vaccination images online.
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