Vaccines prevent disease and protect us. No one should die from a preventable disease. Unfortunately, in 2020, 23 million children did not receive basic vaccines, leaving them at risk for vaccine-preventable illness. When we think of the immunizations (also known as vaccines) that many of us received as children, we can’t help but be thankful for their ability to prevent us from suffering long term complications or dying from childhood diseases, such as polio or measles. These same vaccines still prevent disease in individuals, families and communities and will protect us for many generations to come.
Consider that vaccines have:
- Protected us for over two centuries
- Eradicated smallpox
- Eliminated polio cases in all but two countries, and the fight continues
- Prevented thousands of COVID-19 infections and limited the severity of thousands more
- Remained the most effective measure to prevent severe disease caused by the flu
Source: World Health Organization