Around the World: Helping Present a Global Perspective

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Many questions in Just the Vax deal with U.S. vaccination policies and procedures. However the game also includes a variety of questions related to international vaccine information, such as the effects and prevalence of vaccine-preventable diseases like malaria, yellow fever, and polio and global eradication efforts.

In the early 2000s, what two illnesses caused the most deaths of children worldwide?

a. Meningococcal disease and smallpox
b. Varicella (chickenpox) and measles
c. Pneumonia and severe diarrhea
d. Influenza and diphtheria

Supplementary information: The correct answer is C. In the early 2000s, pneumonia and severe diarrhea caused the deaths of about 3 million children per year. These numbers are continuing to decrease as vaccines for pneumococcus and rotavirus become more widely available.


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