Back To School—Importance Of Vaccines

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Dr. Ulysses Wu Chief of Infectious Diseases, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center




  • Immunization prevents between 2-3 million deaths every year
  • Vaccinations have reduced the number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90%!
  • Vaccines protect us from more than a dozen diseases such as measles, polio, and tetanus
  • Vaccines are available that may help prevent cancer - cervical specifically
  • Vaccines DO NOT cause diseases
  • Adults need vaccines too – Shingles
  • Newer vaccines are available for Rotavirus and Hepatitis A
  • Prevnar (pneumococcal dx in kids) and Hemophyllus influenza have been big successes over the last couple of decades in markedly decreasing meningitis and severe infections in babies.
  • Measles cases are at a 20 year high.
  • Side effects of vaccines
  • Getting every newborn vaccinated on schedule helps prevent about 48,000 deaths and 20 million cases of disease, saves nearly $14 billion in direct costs, and saves society $69 billion.


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