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Diptheria vaccine significantly reduced annual cases

Vaccination has played a significant role in reducing diphtheria cases from 80,000 in 1975 to less than 10,000 per year.

Birmingham, M. and C. Stein. The Burden of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. In The Vaccine Book. San Diego, CA: Academic Press; 2003

Reference

Title
The Burden of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. In The Vaccine Book
Publisher
Academic Press
Publication Date
2003
Authors
Birmingham, M. and C. Stein.

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  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Human Value

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