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Routine childhood immunizations during the 20th century have led to a significant decrease in many vaccine-preventable diseases.
Routine childhood immunizations during the 20th century have led to a significant decrease in many vaccine-preventable diseases. Once considered commonplace in the early 20th century, occurrences of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, mumps and rubella have decreased by 98 to 99 percent. And for other diseases like paralytic polio, smallpox and diphtheria, a 100 percent decrease has meant these organisms virtually never cause disease in the U.S.
For a more comprehensive look at this data, check out this easy-to-read table.
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