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What diseases do vaccines protect against?

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What diseases do vaccines protect against?

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Vaccines protect against measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), Hib disease, chickenpox, and pneumococcal disease. Vaccines can’t prevent children from getting minor illnesses like colds, but they can keep children safe from many serious diseases. Without vaccinations, your child could get very sick.

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There are 12 potentially serious diseases that vaccines protect against: Measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), pertussis (whooping cough), Polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib disease), hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis A and pneumococcal disease. Any of them can kill a child. It’s easy to forget how serious they are because — thanks largely to vaccines — we don’t see them nearly as much as we used to. Measles used to kill thousands of people in the United States every year. In the 1940s and 1950s tens of thousands of children were crippled or killed by polio. As recently as the mid-1980s, 20,000 children a year suffered from meningitis and other serious complications as a result of Hib disease.These diseases aren’t as common as they used to be, but they haven’t changed. They can still lead to pneumonia, choking, brain damage, heart problems, liver cancer, and blindness in children who are not immune. And they still kill children eve

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Vaccines protect against measles, mumps, rubella, influenza, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, polio, diphtheria, tetatus, pertussis (whooping cough), Hib disease, chickenpox, and pneumococcal disease.

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