U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for August 21

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21: IMMUNIZATION MONTH

Profile America Wednesday, August 21st. Although the numbers have fallen sharply in the last few decades, still some people in the U.S. succumb to diseases that could have been prevented by immunization. Others experience pain, suffering and disability. That's why this is National Immunization Awareness Month — highlighting the importance of vaccinations to a long and healthy life. The process of vaccination was known even in ancient cultures. Its most spectacular success came in the eradication of smallpox, a human scourge for thousands of years. The last known natural case was diagnosed in Somalia in 1977. In the U.S., the proportion of young children who have been immunized against common childhood diseases is generally in the 90 percentile range.  You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at www.census.gov.

Sources:  www.cdc.gov/vaccines/partners/events/niam.html
               www.immunize.org/timeline 
               Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 192

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau



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