Author Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, and Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif.
Contempo Updates Section Editor: Janet M. Torpy, MD, Contributing Editor.
Vaccination is ranked as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements
of the last century and is the number one contribution to decreased global
morbidity and mortality.1- 3 Pediatric
vaccinations have had the most profound impact of any intervention on increasing
global child survival, accounting for 3 million pediatric lives saved annually.3 However, even in the 21st century, vaccine-preventable
infectious diseases remain important causes of morbidity and mortality in
many areas of the world. Globally, tetanus, measles, and pertussis are the
main vaccine-preventable causes of death in children; septicemia and influenza-related
pneumonia are among the top 10 causes of death in adults and children worldwide,
including the United States.4,5
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