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Life years saved from infectious disease eradication

Infectious disease eradication in the U.S. led to the following annual life years saved (LYS):

  • 5,811,852 for measles
  • 42,702 for tetanus
  • 212,690 for polio
  • 1,685,740 for smallpox

Ehreth J. The Global Value of Vaccination. Vaccine. 2003; 21(7-8): 596-600. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12531324

Reference

Title
The Global Value of Vaccination
Publication
Vaccine
Publication Date
2003
Authors
Ehreth J
Volume & Issue
Volume 21, Issue 7-8
Pages
596-600
URL
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Categories

  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Human Value

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