Facts & Figures: Vaccine Victories
Given this year's flu-shot shortage, here are a few numbers showing that those needle-sticks really do work:
Year the first vaccine ever, for smallpox, was developed
Number of people worldwide who died of smallpox in 1904
Number of people worldwide who have died of smallpox since 1998
Year the measles vaccine was developed
Number of Americans who died of measles in 1962
Number of Americans who died of measles in 1998
Year an influenza vaccine was developed
Number of Americans who died in the influenza pandemic of 1918-19
Number of Americans who died of influenza in 2003-04
Number of individuals with a Dartmouth affiliation who have chaired the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (alumnus Samuel Katz, M.D., and faculty member John Modlin, M.D.)
Sources: The Scientist; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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