Many diseases were once big killers.
Diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, rubella, Haemophilus influenzae type b, pertussis, rotavirus, and smallpox, etc.
Some still are.
There Is a Vaccine For That
Fortunately, many have been brought under control thanks to vaccines, at least in certain parts of the world.
Polio, will hopefully soon be next.
What other diseases do we have vaccines to protect us against?
- chicken pox
- hepatitis A
- hepatitis B
- hepatitis E
- Haemophilus influenzae type b
- meningococcal disease types A, B, C, W, Y
- pneumococcal disease
- tick-borne encephalitis
- typhoid fever
- yellow fever
Other diseases, including Rocky mountain spotted fever, plague, and typhus, were once vaccine-preventable, but their vaccines were discontinued and are no longer available.
In the United States, children routinely get 13 vaccines that protect them against 16 vaccine-preventable diseases including diphtheria, chicken pox, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Hib, HPV, influenza, measles, meningococcal disease, mumps, pertussis, pneumococcal disease, polio, rotavirus, rubella, and tetanus.
And adults can get the shingles vaccine and pneumonoccal vaccines.
What to Know About Available Vaccines
We are fortunate that there are vaccines for many diseases that once caused deadly epidemics and outbreaks and unfortunately are still around in many parts of the world.