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Vaccine-Preventable Diseases & Infections

Vaccination is the only medical intervention that has ever completely eliminated an illness in humans. As a result of vaccinations, smallpox no longer sickens anyone anywhere in the world. Many other diseases like polio, diphtheria, and tetanus that once sickened and killed millions of US children are so rare that most kids today will only learn about them from their history textbook. Because we’ve done so well with vaccines, some people think these diseases are gone forever. But that’s not true. To keep deadly and debilitating diseases at bay and keep kids healthy, we have to ensure that we all stay well immunized.