8 facts about vaccines: how they work, who's getting them, and who's NOT getting them
Vaccine Facts 101.
Endless scientific research has shown that vaccines do an excellent job of controlling and even eradicating diseases. They prevent about 2.5 million deaths per year and save a lot of money that would otherwise be spent on health care costs.
Yet some schools in the United States have lower vaccination rates than some developing countries.
That's not good. As we've seen over the past year, we're vulnerable to measles outbreaks in the U.S. Whereas in some countries, mothers know that a vaccine is the difference between life and death for her children and will walk great distances for the opportunity to vaccinate their kids.
Maybe we just need to understand vaccines better.
Here are eight facts about vaccines. They're worth a quick read.