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Vaccine Preventable Diseases

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Vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) are conditions which are preventable through vaccines available to protect against these diseases.  Vaccines are counted among the greatest public health achievements of the twentieth century.  Countless lives have been saved and many diseases have been prevented because of vaccines.  Today, vaccine preventable disease levels are at record lows.  Even though most infants and toddlers have received all recommended vaccines by age 2, many under-immunized children remain, leaving the potential for outbreaks of disease.  Many adolescents and adults are under-immunized as well, missing opportunities to protect themselves against diseases such as Hepatitis B, influenza, and pneumococcal disease. Be wise, immunize and protect yourself and your loved ones. 

Comparison of Highest Vaccine Preventable Disease Case Counts and 2013 Case Counts, Texas 

Disease Highest Case Count during 20th Century 2013 Case Count Percent Decrease
Congenital Rubella Syndrome 12 (1974) 0a 100.0%
Diphtheria 1,544 (1946) 0a 100.0%
Haemophilus influenzae type b, invasive 843 (1988) 5 99.4%
Hepatitis A 4,892 (1973) 109a 97.8%
Hepatitis B, acute 1,960 (1998) 142a 92.8%
Measles 88,000 (1958) 27 99.9%
Meningococcal disease, invasive 356 (1951) 30a 91.6%
Mumps 32,939 (1950) 13 99.9%
Pertussis 21,588 (1947) 3,985 81.5%
Pneumococcal disease, invasiveb 1,952 (2009) 1,715 12.1%
Polio (paralytic) 2,778 (1950) 1 99.9%
Rubella 8,408 (1970) 0a 100.0%
Tetanus 55 (1954) 2 96.3%
Varicella 26,888 (1997) 1,874a 93.0%
aHistoric low or tied for lowest annual case count.
bReporting of invasive Pneumococcal disease began in 2003.
                                                                                                    

 

   

 

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Last updated July 25, 2014