Vaccines Prevent 100M Diseases

    An Egyptian child reacts after receiving drops of anti polio vaccine during a three-day national immunization initiative coordinated by the World Health Organization, the Egyptian Health Ministry and the Egyptian Rotary Club on November 18, 2013 in Cairo. The World Health Organization recently confirmed 10 cases of polio in children in Syria and there are currently more than 125,000 Syrian refugees living in Egypt. As a result, health workers are moving to vaccinate nearly 8 million children in the region, including Egypt, to prevent an outbreak of the crippling disease throughout the Middle East. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA        (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)


    Sorry, Jenny McCarthy. According to a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine, vaccines have prevented more than 100 million cases of serious contagious diseases in the U.S. since 1924. Using millions of public health reports—released before and after vaccines for the diseases were commercially available—researchers were able to project the number of cases of polio, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis A, diphtheria, and pertussis that would have occurred, if not for the life-saving advances. The study's authors hope that the findings will have an effect on the current vaccine debate. “If you’re anti-vaccine, that’s the price you pay," said Dr. Donald Burke, the dean of Pittsburgh’s graduate school.

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