After improved access to clean, safe drinking water, vaccination is the 20th century’s greatest public health triumph.
Immunisation saves 2-3 millions lives each year, but over 1.5 million still die from vaccine-preventable diseases.1
These bubbles are sized according to the annual number of disease cases in the US during the 1900s versus 2017. We’ve come so far. It’s a reminder that while disease rates are decreasing, most diseases haven’t disappeared. This is why we continue to vaccinate.5
Annual US disease cases in the 1900s5
US disease cases in 20175
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