Top Six Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Still Deadly to Children

August 7, 2017
Terry Brenneman, MD
Terry Brenneman, MD

How do US figures on child mortality from vaccine preventable diseases compare with global stats? Update here, plus a brief review of vaccine efficacy.

Across the globe, more than 100 million children per year now are immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. But 6 of these infections still claim hundreds of thousands of lives, most of them children before the age of 5. Deaths from hepatitis B are usually in adults, but most had contracted the infection in early life when infection is much more likely to result in chronic disease. 

Can you rank these 6 still-deadly diseases from highest to lowest in terms of number of deaths?

 ♦ Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis combined

 ♦ Hepatitis B

 ♦ Influenza

 ♦ Measles

 ♦ Pneumococcus

 ♦ Rotavirus


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WHO, UNICEF, World Bank. State of the world’s vaccines and immunization, 3rd ed. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2009.