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Media - published on 16 Jan 2019

Vaccines save lives during a child’s vulnerable years

Jayasree K Iyer, Executive Director of the Access to Medicine Foundation writes about the critical role vaccinations play in protecting children during the vulnerable years of their lives.

“Without vaccines, the World Health Organisation estimates that there would have been 5 million more deaths each year. Between 2000 and 2015, vaccines for pneumococcal disease and haemophilus influenzae type b have saved the lives of 1.4 million children under the age of five years of age, the most vulnerable years. These diseases cause meningitis, pneumonia, sepsis and other serious health complications and are the biggest causes of child deaths in developing countries.”


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