If you think you knew everything about vaccines! You should think again. Prepare yourself to be shocked. Here are 10 facts you didn’t know about vaccines.
Did you know that…
Researchers estimate that a viable malaria vaccine could be ready for children in the developing world as early as 2015.
There are existing vaccines that could stop rotavirus and pneumonia — two conditions that kill nearly 3 million children under the age of five every year.
New and underutilized vaccines could avert nearly 4 million deaths by 2015.
Vaccines prevent more than 2.5 million deaths each year.
In the past 60 years, vaccines helped eradicate one disease (Smallpox) and are close to eradicating another (Polio).
Scientific studies and reviews continue to show no relationship between vaccines and autism.
Vaccines cause “herd immunity,” which means if the majority of people in a community have been vaccinated against a disease, an unvaccinated person is less likely to get sick because others are less likely to get sick and spread the disease.
Vaccines helped reduce measles deaths globally by 78% between 2000 and 2008. In sub-Saharan Africa, deaths dropped by 92% in the same period.
The CDC has reported a 99% reduction in the incidence of bacterial meningitis caused by Haemophilus influenza since the introduction of the vaccination against the disease in 1988. “Learn more about this study“.
Not all vaccines are given as shots. Some vaccines are given orally.