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Vaccination Saves Lives

With the exception of clean, safe drinking water, no human

endeavor rivals immunization in combating infectious diseases

and reducing mortality rates

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At the dawn of the 20

th

century, the major health threats were

infectious and parasitic diseases that most often claimed the

lives of infants and children

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.Today, vaccination can prevent

several infectious diseases, and there are new vaccines on

the horizon with the potential to prevent even more. Mass

immunization programs have proven successful in controlling

or even eliminating disease.

Due to vaccination, we are on the verge of eradicating polio

(with a 99% reduction already)

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