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.