Infectious diseases are everywhere, but vaccines can keep us healthy. Deadly epidemics can kill thousands of people. Before vaccines, that is exactly what happened. The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic killed an estimated 20 t0 50 million people around the world.
Diseases once feared worldwide—diphtheria, measles, polio, and smallpox—are now under control, and in some places eradicated, because of vaccines. Vaccines prevent an estimated 2.5 million deaths annually among children under the age of five. But many more die because they don’t receive vaccinations.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention work in partnership with international agencies, countries, and private companies to create effective vaccines to combat Ebola, HIV/AIDS, influenza and other deadly diseases and promote general health.
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