5 Diseases That Need Vaccines Even More Than Ebola
Even Existing Vaccines Are Underused
"Historically, one of the biggest challenges for vaccines in global health has been getting existing vaccines out to the people who need them," the researchers write. "Vaccines that remain in the vial are 0% effective."While only a very small percentage of children in the world are completely unvaccinated, the vast majority - about 95% - don't receive the full suite of 11 vaccinations recommended by the World Health Organization (BCG [which reduces the risk of tuberculosis by 50%], Tetanus, Pertussis, Diphtheria, Polio, Measles, Rubella, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus, Hib, and Hepatitis B). Every year, huge numbers of children around the world, especially in developing countries, are infected with preventable diseases.
Many of these illnesses were much-feared and very common in the U.S. until the introduction of widespread vaccination:
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