Profile America — Monday, August 20th. It's unfortunate, but many people die each year in the U.S. from diseases that could have been prevented by immunization. That's why this is National Immunization Awareness Month — calling attention to the importance of people of all ages to get their shots. Also known as vaccination, its most spectacular success came in the eradication of smallpox, a human scourge for thousands of years. The last known natural case was diagnosed over 30 years ago. While Edward Jenner and Louis Pasteur developed modern immunization, the concept was known in ancient China and India. In the U.S., the proportion of young children who have been immunized against common childhood diseases is well into the 90 percentile range. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 384 Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 192
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