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After Wakefield: Undoing a decade of damaging debate

From flickr user debsilver
It's said that you can't unring a bell

This article was co-written by Scott Gavura, Pharmacist. Cross-posted at his blog, Science-Based Pharmacy.

Immunization has transformed our lives. This single invention has prevented more Canadian deaths in the past 50 years than any other health intervention. Our parents and grandparents accepted illness and death from diseases like smallpox, diptheria, and polio as a fact of life. Mass vaccination completely eradicated smallpox, which had been killing one in seven children. Public health campaigns have also eliminated diptheria, and reduced the incidence of pertussis, tetanus, measles, rubella and mumps to near zero. More…