How many diseases are vaccine preventable though?
Vaccine Preventable Diseases
A lot more than just sixteen!
Believe it or not, there are many more vaccine preventable diseases that we are never routinely vaccinated against.
These vaccine preventable diseases (in the United States, children and teens are routinely protected against the diseases highlighted in bold) include:
- adenovirus – a military vaccine
- anthrax – vaccine only given if high risk, a military vaccine
- chicken pox – (Varivax, MMRV)
- cholera – vaccine only given if high risk, as a travel vaccine
- dengue – vaccine only given if high risk, as a travel vaccine
- diphtheria – (DTaP/Tdap)
- hepatitis A – (HepA)
- hepatitis B – (HepB)
- hepatitis E – vaccine not available in the United States
- HPV – (Gardasil)
- Haemophilus influenzae type b – (Hib)
- Japanese encephalitis
- measles – (MMR, MMRV)
- meningococcal disease – (MCV4 and MenB and MenC)
- pertussis – (DTaP/Tdap)
- pneumococcal disease – (Prevnar13 and PneumoVax23)
- polio – (bOPV and IPV)
- Q-fever – vaccine not available in the United States
- rabies – vaccine only given if high risk
- rotavirus – (RV1, RV5)
- rubella – (MMR, MMRV)
- shingles – vaccine only given to seniors
- smallpox – eradicated, but still given if high risk, a military vaccine
- tetanus – (DTaP/Tdap)
- tick-borne encephalitis – vaccine not available in the United States
- tuberculosis – (BCG) – vaccine only given if high risk
- typhoid fever – vaccine only given if high risk, as a travel vaccine
- yellow fever – vaccine only given if high risk, as a travel vaccine
Discontinued vaccines also once protected people against Rocky mountain spotted fever, plague, and typhus.
These diseases can be contrasted with infectious diseases for which no vaccines yet exist, like RSV, malaria, norovirus, and HIV, etc., although vaccines are in the pipeline for many of these diseases too.
What To Know About Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Available vaccines are helping to eliminate or control a number of life-threatening vaccine preventable diseases, like polio, measles, and diphtheria.
More About Available Vaccines
- Vaccine Schedules from the 1940s to 2019
- Why Do We Only Worry About Measles?
- Did Better Hygiene and Sanitation Get Rid of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases?
- How Many People Die from Vaccine Preventable Diseases These Days?
- Pediatricians as Vaccine Pushers
- FDA – Vaccines Licensed for Use in the United States
- FDA – List of Vaccines Used in United States
- WHO – Vaccines List
- Vaccination for Rare Diseases