With the exception of clean, safe drinking water, no human endeavor rivals immunization in combating infectious diseases and reducing mortality rates 1. 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.
Thanks to vaccination, smallpox is now a thing of the past and we are on the verge of eradicating polio.
Immunization has been a great public health success story
The lives of millions of children have been saved, millions have the chance of a longer healthier life, a greater chance to learn, to play, to read and write, to move around freely without suffering.
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1993
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