2 Childhood Vaccines Responsible For Saving 1.45M Lives Since 2000, Study Shows
VOA News: Vaccines Make Major Dent in Child Deaths from Pneumonia, Meningitis
“[Two childhood vaccines] have saved 1.45 million children’s lives this century, according to a new study. … The bacteria targeted by the shots, Haemophilus influenzae type b (known as Hib) and Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus), are major causes of pneumonia and also cause meningitis. … [Researchers] found deaths from Hib fell by 90 percent in 2015, saving an estimated 1.2 million lives since 2000. Pneumococcus deaths fell by just over half, accounting for approximately 250,000 lives saved. The research appears in the journal The Lancet Global Health…” (Baragona, 6/11).
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