From smallpox to rubella, here are 6 infectious diseases you can avoid thanks to vaccines
- Over the last century, widespread vaccination efforts have given patients protection against a handful of deadly infectious diseases.
- Polio, rubella, diphtheria, measles, and smallpox and are among the diseases that vaccines have helped to dramatically reduce or eliminate in the US.
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From the introduction of the smallpox vaccine in the 19th century to the mass availability of flu shots today, vaccines have helped millions of people develop immunity to some of the world's deadliest illnesses.Thanks to vaccines, many infectious diseases - like smallpox and polio - no longer exist outside of laboratories in the US. Their lasting elimination has spurred researchers to work to develop new types of immunizations that could help people avoid other life-altering diseases.Advertisement
Here are six once-common diseases that you no longer have to worry about thanks to vaccines.
Smallpox used to wipe out populations by the thousands.
Polio leaves survivors with lifelong disabilities.Advertisement
Diphtheria, a contagious bacterial infection, spread in the early 20th century.
Mumps causes children to develop painfully puffy faces.Advertisement
Measles causes a rash, high fever, and serious long-term complications.
Rubella leads to brain damage and birth defects in infants.Advertisement
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