Do Vaccines Work?

Vaccines have been described as the most effective intervention in modern medicine. They have prevented at least 10 million deaths between 2010 and 2015, and protected many millions more from illness, WHO 2017.

A clear relationship has repeatedly been seen between vaccine introduction and dramatic reductions in disease as illustrated in the below video made by the British Society of Immunology.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

As well as saving lives, vaccines have a profound effect on society: reducing the burden of sickness and disability and promoting political and economic stability, as summarised in the figure below.

GAVI: Vaccines saving lives and boosting economies flow chart

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