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US vaccine program will prevent 732 000 deaths, CDC says

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2978 (Published 28 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2978
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

A program set up 20 years ago to provide vaccines to children from low income families in the United States will ultimately prevent 732 000 deaths from vaccine preventable diseases among children born in the past two decades, says a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1

The program, Vaccines for Children, was launched in 1994 in response to a resurgence of measles that was responsible for 55 000 cases reported during 1989-91. The resurgence was largely due to a failure to vaccinate uninsured children at the recommended age of 12-15 months, the CDC said, and was linked to a reservoir of measles virus found among low income …

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