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Eradication of smallpox has saved 40 million lives worldwide

Since global vaccination efforts wiped out smallpox disease in 1979, infections in 350 million people have been prevented and 40 million lives have been saved.

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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