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One hundred years of vaccination

Brian Feery

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Brian Feery


Vaccination has been the most successful medical procedure ever introduced. It has saved more lives than any other intervention, and it has prevented more disability. The risk of serious adverse reactions has remained extraordinarily low for all modern vaccines. Within the past 30 to 50 years, the common vaccine-preventable diseases have been controlled and largely eliminated from the developed world, and these successes are being repeated in the developing world.